July 25, 2008

Health Clinic Receives Accreditation


Morton is only the second health center in the state to receive the honor.

After nearly a year of exhaustive work, Morton Comprehensive Health Services has become only the second federally qualified health center in Oklahoma to attain Joint Commission accreditation, said Robert Sanders, Morton chief executive officer.

"This is the highest stamp of quality. It strengthens the community's confidence in us," he said.

The Joint Commission is the primary accreditation organization for hospitals and health care programs nationwide.

"It's very hard to get because you have to satisfy a whole range of rigorous standards," Sanders said of the accreditation.

Applying for the accreditation cost $60,000, but the results are worth it, he said.

"It's worth it because it improves your standing within the health care community," Sanders said. It also helps reduce liability costs, improves insurance reimbursements and enhances staff recruitment, he said.

And it holds the clinic accountable to its patients to provide high-quality, effective medical care, Sanders said.

Of 15 health center programs designated as FQHCs in Oklahoma, the only other center that has received the commission's so-called gold seal of approval is Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center in Konawa. That center is located about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City.

FQHCs receive federal money to provide community-based health services serving populations with limited access to health care. However, all are welcome at the center.

The 87-year-old north Tulsa health clinic moved into a new 60,000- square-foot facility in 2006. The primary clinic is located at 1334 N. Lansing Ave.

Morton provides adult medical care, dental, family care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, pharmaceutical, optometry, radiological and counseling services.

"We're very excited. It definitely has made us a better organization," Sanders said.

Kim Archer 581-8315

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Originally published by KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer.

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