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Sanford achieves MDH certification

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has certified Sanford primary care clinics in Minnesota as medical homes. This means the clinics have met a set of standards to provide patient and family-centered care. It also means they are working to improve the overall quality and affordability of health care. Clinics include internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics at Sanford Worthington Clinic.

"We are proud to offer our patients a certified medical home when it comes to their care," said Dr. Kevin Ree, family medicine physician at Sanford Worthington Clinic. "A medical home means patients are receiving comprehensive and coordinated care led by a team of health care professionals centered around their unique needs."

MDH is nationally recognized for its certification process. In Sanford's medical home, a team led by a physician and a nurse health coach develops relationships with patients and their families to better understand their medical needs, coordinate care and achieve better health. This includes streamlining access to appointments, improving communication with physicians, answering questions over the phone and planning care.

"Medical home makes it easier for patients to communicate and partner with their care team," added Dr. Ree. "We want patients to feel empowered to take responsibility for their health in partnership with their care team. This approach is especially helpful for people with complex and chronic conditions who require a variety of specialists."