Teche Action Clinic earns gold seal in standards ratings

Teche Action Clinic has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety as a primary care medical home (PCMH).

The special designation for accredited ambulatory care organizations that offer PCMH recognizes Teche Action Clinic’s dedication to continuous compliance with state-of-the-art standards.

Teche Action Clinic underwent a rigorous on-site survey in December 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Teche Action Clinic for compliance with standards related to how effectively the primary care clinician and the interdisciplinary team work in partnership with the patient to provide comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered care.

The Joint Commission’s PCMH option, which was launched in July 2011, helps accredited ambulatory care organizations ensure their patients receive timely and appropriate treatment, increase patient satisfaction, improve patient outcomes and reduce the overall costs to the health care system.

“Organizations that pursue the PCMH option from the Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to delivering primary care in a comprehensive, coordinated and accessible model,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director of the JC’s Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program. “I commend Teche Action Clinic for successfully achieving this pinnacle and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.”

“We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safe, high quality patient care. Now by achieving the PCMH designation from the Joint Commission we are operating within a framework to provide the best care possible to our patients,” said Dr. Gary Wiltz, chief executive officer, Teche Action Clinic.

The Joint Commission’s PCMH is a model of care whereby services are provided to patients by a primary care clinician and an interdisciplinary team. Patients benefit from this model because they have increased access to the services of the clinician and interdisciplinary team; the care provided by other clinicians and facilities is tracked and coordinated; and evidence based treatment protocols guide their care. This care model also focuses more on education and self-management by the patient.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Teche Action Clinic is a network of eight sites in Southeast Louisiana providing primary comprehensive and preventive care in Franklin, South Houma, West Houma, Baldwin, Morgan City, Pierre Part, Edgard and Reserve. For more information, call 828-2550 or visit

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