CMS Awards Seacoast Mental Health Center a Letter of Commendation
PORTSMOUTH - Seacoast Mental Health Center (SMHC) today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) formally recognized SMHC’s “dedicated work and ongoing commitment to improving (the) nation’s health.” CMS awarded SMHC with an “exemplary level” Letter of Commendation for its work around “Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative” (TCPi) goals.
As defined by CMS, an exemplary practice consistently demonstrates attributes such as leadership & team commitment, a culture of quality improvement, operations focused on data driven improvement, and a culture of shared best practices. Exemplary practices utilize tools and resources to always question the current state of treatments and to remove barriers to process improvements.
TCPi goals focus on improving patient experiences via high-quality, high-value care and utilizing data to develop continuous process improvement. CMS and the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network has certified that SMHC is an exemplary practice as it relates to utilizing data and continuous improvement practices to offer the highest quality patient care.
“Earning an exemplary award is truly an honor, as it illustrates the commitment that our staff has for our client population,” stated Nancy Eames, MBA, QI Director/Compliance Officer. “We take a holistic and data driven approach towards our care and strive to keep our clients mentally and medically healthier. This keeps our them out of the local emergency departments and hospitals more, which ultimately contributes to a decrease in community costs.”
About Seacoast Mental Health Center
Founded in 1963, Seacoast Mental Health Center is one of 10 state-designated community mental health centers in New Hampshire. With offices in Portsmouth and Exeter, NH, the mission is to provide a broad, comprehensive array of high quality, effective and accessible mental health services to residents of the eastern half of Rockingham County. In FY 2019, SMHC provided services that empowered 5700 individuals and their families to build upon health, community, and resilience.
For more information, please contact SMHC at 603-431-6703 or visit www.smhc-nh.org