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Family medical care facilities receive seal of approval

Aug. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Six family medical care facilities that are operated by the Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization became the first primary care medical home in Ohio to receive a Gold Seal of Approval.

The Ohio Senate acknowledged the accreditation of the medical centers in Coal Grove, Ironton, South Point, Chesapeake, Proctorville and Aid as well as the medical care provided at the new St. Mary's Medical Campus in Ironton. Both St. Mary's and the Community Action Organization have health care providers at the campus.

State Sen. Joe Uecker presented the award Tuesday at the medical campus in Ironton.

"This shows we are Joint Commission accredited," said D.R. Gossett, the organization's executive director. "It shows we have tremendous facilities and staff.

"This is about all seven sites including our operations at the medical campus. I'm so proud of our staff. We have tremendous facilities and staff. This shows they're getting the job done."

"It was a lot of hard work and quite an accomplishment," said Dr. Sue Adams, director of the seven medical centers.

The Gold Seal of Approval award is new in Ohio, she said.

The seven medical centers have 45,000 visits per year and between 13,000 to 14,000 patients per year, Gossett said. "We would like to see that number up to about 16,000," Gossett said. "We provide good quality health care. We have discount programs, yet we have first-class care."

The family medical centers implemented some new standards designed to give patients greater access to care in a timely manner, Adams said.

"We're using the most up-to-date treatment methods and guidelines," she said.

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