In the PHMC health network, Beyond Care is more than a catchphrase—it reflects our commitment to offering the holistic, patient-centered care that our community deserves. It means that our consumers get high-quality care from a team of experts who organize a customized approach around their needs. Beginning this Fall, you'll start to see our new Beyond Care logo across the PHMC health network,
including our five nurse-managed Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The Beyond Care commitment further signifies our dedication to providing high-quality community-based health care that is accessible, affordable and convenient.

Our Beyond Care promise is just one of the ways we are working to meet and exceed the highest standards of patient care. Recently PHMC's health network, with our nurse-managed model, joined a select group of FQHC's in the country and state to achieve accreditation from The Joint Commission for Ambulatory Health Care and certification as a Primary Care Medical Home. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest accreditation and certification body, providing standards to more than 20,000 health-related organizations to guide how they administer care and continuously improve performance. To receive accreditation and certification, PHMC was assessed on nearly 1,000 highly rigorous requirements and demonstrated a highly coordinated collaborative effort among teams.

Recognition by The Joint Commission furthers our mission to create and sustain healthier communities by taking our already great patient-focused quality care to an even higher level. We now have additional processes in place to ensure ongoing, continuous improvement with a focus on quality, safety and accessibility. To our patients, The Joint Commission seal of approval offers unbiased third-party recognition that our health centers deliver excellent care to meet their needs. To industry stakeholders, such as payers, funders and healthcare providers interested in nurse-managed health care facilities, accreditation demonstrates PHMC's adherence to rigorous quality and safety standards. In addition, three of our health centers have received National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition as a Level 2 Patient-Centered Medical Home.

With the trend in health care moving toward pay for performance and reimbursement based on high-quality care, Joint Commission accreditation and NCQA certification become even more critical.

Our health network is going Beyond Care in other ways, as we grow to meet the changing needs of our community. Over the next few months we will expand two major health centers to serve the homeless and public housing communities. PHMC's Rising Sun Health Center moved to a new facility in July, with 12 exam rooms, all-purpose meetings rooms, elder-care facilities and an expanded clinical team to serve the growing needs of Philadelphia's Olney neighborhood. PHMC Health Connection will also move to a larger space, increasing the number of exam rooms from three to 13 to better serve the primary health care needs in North Philadelphia.