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St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program Receives Five Year Accreditation

March 06, 2012

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program has received reaccreditation by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with a full, five-year accreditation; the highest allowed. In addition, they have received final approval and accreditation for their new Sports Medicine Program, allowing the residency program to now offer an accredited Sport Medicine Fellowship.

These changes, along with several recruiting changes, have led to the residency program garnering the highest number of applications ever received in its history.  

In addition to these accomplishments, the residency has also been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home—the highest level of recognition. To achieve this, the family medicine center underwent infrastructure, policy and cultural changes in order to deliver team-based care and clinical quality improvement efforts. 

“This is a significant national recognition that signifies our residency’s commitment to providing excellent care of our patients” said John Beeson, MD., VP Medical Affairs for St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. “Together with our Sports Medicine Fellowship and five-year reaccreditation, the NCQA recognition increases the visibility and reputation of our Family Medicine Residency Program within the state.”

About SCL Health System

SCL Health System (SCLHS) is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization that operates 11 hospitals, four safety net clinics, one youth residence and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Based in Lenexa, Kan., the $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals it serves, especially those who are poor or vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS regularly provides more than $200 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs), who opened their first hospital in 1864. In 2011, the sisters transferred sponsorship of SCL Health System to Leaven Ministries. For more information, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.