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Family Health Centers of San Diego wins national 'Million Hearts' award

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Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) was named a recipient of the prestigious Million Hearts award today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for its ability to achieve hypertension control rates of 70 percent or more among patients.

Only 30 organizations nationwide were selected as “champions” for this Hypertension Control Challenge and only eight of the winners, including FHCSD, are Federally Qualified Health Centers.

“We are truly honored to be recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control for our efforts to control hypertension among our patients,” said FHCSD Chief Executive Officer Fran Butler-Cohen. “This award is the culmination of hard work and determination on behalf of our medical staff and leadership team to ensure our patients receive the best quality health care possible.”

To be eligible for this award, FHCSD shared verifiable high blood pressure control data and highlighted successful strategies and best practices adopted by the organization, including the use of health information technology and team-based care. All Million Hearts champions achieved control rates ranging from 70 percent to more than 90 percent of adult patients by using a variety of innovative approaches. The only other California recipient of the award was Kaiser Permanente.

“This year we have more champions than ever before, demonstrating that high performance is achievable and that we are on a path to better heart health across the nation,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “More and more practices are using evidence-based strategies to help patients keep blood pressure down -- a strong sign that we’re making progress in preventing heart attacks and strokes.”

Nearly one in three American adults has hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure. Only half of those manage it, putting them at greater risk of developing heart disease or stroke—two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Together, this year’s 30 champions cared for more than 3.5 million adult patients in 19 states.

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