Northern Pediatrics, a department of Northern Hospital of Surry County, was recently honored by a top medical insurer from Virginia, even though the clinic is located in North Carolina.
Virginia Premier Health Plan has awarded Northern Pediatrics the Practitioner Golden Globe Award, a recognition that is given to one practitioner a year out of the hundreds of potential nominees throughout Virginia and a few neighboring communities along the Virginia border.
Northern Pediatrics is one the largest pediatric clinics in the region, with an active patient base of more than 7,500 children aged newborn to 18 years. Twenty-percent of patients at the clinic reside in Virginia.
Northern Pediatrics has participated in a pilot program since late 2014, in which the clinic has volunteered to receive its payments from Medicaid/Medicare based on the quality of care.
“The practice has been doing extremely well for the past two years,” the hospital said in announcing the award. “In fact, the quality measure related to patients with asthma has been achieved at a perfect 100 percent.”
According to Rebecca Carter, RN, Quality Nurse with Virginia Premier, “Northern Pediatrics is all about patient and parent engagement. Their office staff and providers are dedicated to providing the best outcomes for our members, their patients.”
Northern Peds has received numerous accolades over the past few years in addition to the Practitioner Golden Globe Award
• Recognition certificates for the past three years from the state of North Carolina for 90 percent of their children being immunized by age 2.
• The practice is Joint Commission Certified, an accreditation and certification that is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality and reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
• Certified as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
• Northern Pediatrics is certified as a Blue Quality Physician Program. This is a program available to those practices seeing patients with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina. In order to be eligible, points are assigned for Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition; Improving Health Outcomes; Improving Patient Experience; Reducing Costs.
The practice has five full-time pediatricians on staff including Drs. Mae Daniels, Lauren Youell, Elaine Porter, Joyce Saliba and Jordan Minor along with Kimberly Spencer, a licensed pediatric counselor.