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During National Health Center Week 2018, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) held a press event at OneWorld’s South Omaha campus to recognize OneWorld for its clinical quality. OneWorld was named as both a HRSA National Quality Leader and a HRSA Health Center Quality Leader. Receiving both of these awards means that OneWorld once again ranks within the top 2% for clinical quality among the nation’s 1,400+ community health centers. OneWorld was the only health center in Nebraska to win both awards and one of few health centers in the nation to receive the National Quality Leader Award.

“We are honored to be recognized, and we are grateful to everyone who helped us celebrate,” Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld, said.

Lisa Goschen, Regional Administrator at the HRSA Office of Regional Operations, presented OneWorld’s senior leadership team with the awards during the press event. She also announced that all HRSA-funded community health centers in Nebraska will receive funding awards to continue to improve quality, efficiency and the effectiveness of health care delivery in the communities we serve. Nebraska’s health centers will receive nearly $800,000 in quality awards, and according to HRSA’s 2017 UDS data, Nebraska now ranks first in quality among all states and second in growth for 2017.

After the HRSA quality awards were presented, Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld, took the opportunity to recognize Dr. Kristine McVea, OneWorld’s Chief Medical Officer, for being the “heart of OneWorld” for 23 years and for leading our medical teams to achieve national recognition for quality of care. Skolkin also recognized Courtney Allen Cowardin, CNM, OneWorld’s Associate Medical Director of Women’s Health, for winning the national “Health Center Hero” award during National Health Center Week.

Following the award presentations, Modesto Olivo, a OneWorld patient, told the crowd about how OneWorld clinicians have been working with him to help him manage his diabetes. Olivo said that, about 8 months ago, his A1C (blood sugar) level was 10.6, but with help from OneWorld diabetic nurse Karen McClelland and dietician Niki Kubiak, his A1C level was 8.3 only two months later. Just before speaking on the day of the HRSA press event, he said, McClelland helped him do one more test, and he found out that his A1C level had been reduced to 7.0.

“It’s been the quality of care that OneWorld has provided,” Olivo said. “I’m glad that I have the opportunity to do something in return for OneWorld, because they’ve done so much more me. They’ve improved the quality of my life and educated me—I read all the labels now!—, so I’d like to thank the OneWorld clinic once again.”

To conclude the event, Sen. Tony Vargas, Nebraska State Senate District 7, spoke about OneWorld’s contributions to the South Omaha and greater Omaha communities.

“OneWorld is being recognized for its clinical quality, and a big part of that has to do with how affordable and accessible OneWorld’s services are,” Sen. Vargas said. “In my districts of downtown and South Omaha, I hear stories of how quickly families can go in to see a doctor or how residents now have access to services like behavioral, dental and women’s health that they never had before … thanks to OneWorld’s clinics. Without a doubt, OneWorld is a pillar in the South Omaha community and is making a positive difference in the greater Omaha community.”

To watch the live-streamed video of the HRSA press event at OneWorld, please click here.

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