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Muskegon’s Westshore Family Medicine Achieves Excellence in Family Practice Medicine

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Muskegon’s Westshore Family Medicine Achieves Excellence in Family Practice Medicine

Muskegon, MI, Aug. 24, 2011 - Health Plan of Michigan (HPM) recently recognized MERCY HEALTH PARTNERS’ Westshore Family Medicine of Muskegon for their outstanding quality and service. Westshore Family Medicine is among twenty-five healthcare practices throughout Michigan to receive the distinction.

Honored healthcare providers were identified as the top primary care offices in the state through a rigorous selection process based on Health Plan of Michigan’s 2010 Quality Incentive Plan. “We wanted to recognize our top performing healthcare providers for their commitment to quality and service,” said Sean Kendall, Director of Network Development for Health Plan of Michigan. “We truly value the access to quality services they provide to our Medicaid Members.”

Performance criteria are based on a minimum of 100 qualifying participants with 80% or more meeting the following standards:

  • Childhood immunizations, before age 2
  • Well-child Visits before, age 2 and from age 3 to age 5
  • Adolescent Well Visits, ages 12 – 21
  • Blood Lead Testing, age 0-2
  • Breast Cancer Screening, females age 40-69
  • Cervical Cancer Screening, females age 21-64
  • Chlamydia Screening, females age 16-21
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care, 18-75 year olds with diabetes (Types I & II)
  • Tobacco Cessation Counseling
  • Prenatal Care
  • Postpartum Care

Westshore Family Medicine provides medical care to the entire family, from obstetrics, newborns and pediatric to adults and geriatrics, as well as Sick Kid Express - an early morning clinic for sick kids.

Providers include: Michael Banka, M.D.; Kristen Brown, M.D.; Brian Burdo, M.D.; Mary M. Dagen, M.D.; Katherine Keller, D.O.; Elaine Schmidt, M.D.; Katherine Young, M.D.; Chad Uptigrove, D.O.; Steve Westerhof, PA-C; and Megan Hayes, PA-C.

“Westshore Family Medicine providers and staff are passionate about providing quality care. This honor demonstrates the entire team’s dedication and ongoing commitment to the best care for all their patients,” states F. Remington Sprague, M.D., Mercy Health Partners’ Chief Medical Officer.

About Health Plan of Michigan

Health Plan of Michigan is Michigan’s largest Medicaid HMO, providing health care services to over 285,000 Medicaid enrollees through a contract with the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH). Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, HPM is a privately owned and physician-managed Medicaid health plan. Currently, HPM operates in 64 Michigan counties. HPM is one of the highest rated health plans in the country according to the 2010- 2011 NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings Medicaid. HPM holds Full Health Plan Accreditation with Health Utilization Management from URAC, a Washington, D.C., based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

About Mercy Health Partners

Mercy Health Partners is a teaching hospital and the second largest health system in West Michigan with more than 4,000 associates, and 21,000 inpatient discharges and 137,000 emergency/urgent care visits annually. The system has four hospitals and 375 physicians and offers a number of exclusive specialty physician care services for the region.