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WNCCHS in the News

Health Center Quality Leader

August 20, 2019

On August 20, 2019 HRSA BPHC announced that for another year in a row, WNCCHS is the recipient of several Quality Improvement Awards, including:

Improving Quality of Care Awards recognizes health centers that improved quality of care between 2017 and 2018 in these subcategories:

• Health Center Quality Leaders achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers and achieved Gold (top 10%) clinical quality measures (CQMs) in 2018. WNCCHS is 1 of 125 health centers to achieve Gold Status.

• Clinical Quality Improvers demonstrated at least 15% improvement on a clinical quality measure (CQM) from 2017 to 2018. WNCCHS achieved 1st quartile ranking for 87% (12 out of 14) of the Quality Measures.

Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Awards recognized health centers that utilized five HIT services and/or telehealth services to increase access to care and advance quality of care between 2017 and 2018.

Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition recognized health centers with patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition in one or more delivery sites.

Today Tony Volrath from the Office of Regional Operations, Region IV present WNCCHS with the Health Center Quality Leader Certificate from HRSA. Picture with Mr. Volrath is Kim Wagenaar, Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Todd Wallenius Chief Medical Officer.


"We are thrilled to receive this honor from HRSA and it demonstrates the commitment of our providers and staff in providing high quality care to our patients, their families and community. We congratulate our providers, staff and patients that make this possible"

Kim Wagenaar, MSN
Chief Executive Officer
Western North Carolina Community Health Services
257 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Award of $167,000 for Integrated Behavioral Health

August 14, 2019

Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) is excited to announce the recent award by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of $167,000 for Integrated Behavioral Health. The funding is specifically provided to expand substance abuse and mental health services to those impacted by opioid addiction. HRSA awarded similar funding to 34 health centers across North Carolina for a total award of $5,630,389 to continue addressing this national, state and local crisis.


WNNCHS will use these funds to hire additional staff and to further support our Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Program. WNCCHS is committed to offering these services as our community continues our collaborative efforts to end this epidemic in Buncombe County, and western North Carolina.

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