KentuckyCare Achieves Highest Level of Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance

Julie Wray Published:

BARDWELL, KY. (August 3, 2012) – KentuckyCare, which is part of the ARcare network of health clinics, has been awarded Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (newest 2011 standards) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. ARcare and KentuckyCare are the first community health centers in the nation to achieve this prestigious milestone under the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Patient-Centered Medical/Health Home Initiative, which supports and encourages health centers to gain recognition under the medical home program offered in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

“It is an honor to receive such a high level of distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance,” said Dr. Steven Collier, chief executive officer of KentuckyCare. “We congratulate Emily Jones, N.P., and all of the Bardwell staff for embracing this holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care that helps our patients meet their health care goals and improve their quality of life.”

PCMH recognition is considered one of the leading standards of measuring a medical facility’s commitment to patient-centered practice using evidence-based procedures. Gaining this recognition requires medical clinicians or sites to complete a rigorous application process and evaluation based on a set of standardized requirements established by a 22-member committee comprised of practice, medical association, physician group, health plan, consumer, and employer group representatives.

“ARcare and KentuckyCare are committed to improving healthcare quality by adopting this model of an accountable care organization,” said Dr. Brenda Kennedy, quality director of ARcare. “Our organization has achieved PCMH Recognition for 23 of our 24 medical sites in Arkansas in addition to our new facility in Kentucky.”

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About KentuckyCare

KentuckyCare is located at 75 East Court Street, Bardwell, KY 42023. The medical facility helps foster ARcare’s mission of “Health for All” by increasing access to affordable services for the uninsured and under-insured residents of Carlisle County. KentuckyCare services include primary care, prenatal care, post-childbirth care, education for chronic disease, nutrition, self-management programs and more.

About ARcare

Augusta-based ARcare, a Baptist Health affiliate, is a private nonprofit corporation developed to provide affordable care to meet the primary medical and dental care needs of the residents of Arkansas through a network of primary care clinics, dental clinics, pharmacies and wellness centers. Dr. Steven Collier helped start the organization in 1986. Today, ARcare serves 30 communities. ARcare received the State Governor’s Quality Award for Achievement, and also serves as the state contractor for the Special Services Program. For more information and a complete list of clinics and affiliations, visit

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