KVH awarded for practice transformation activities in Kittitas County


Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) came home from the Provider Recognition Awards with four awards from the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health on Wednesday evening, October 30.

KVH Hospital, KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum and KVH Family Medicine – Ellensburg were each presented with the “Fighting for Change/War Room” Award by Jenna Shelton, GCACH’s Practice Transformation Navigator. This award recognizes the collaborative work being done by KVH and the other safety net organizations in our community towards practice transformation and the implementation of a Patient-Centered Medical Home. KVH also received the “Kittitas Beginner Opioid Resource Network (ORN) Award for work being done to reduce opioid abuse throughout the county.

“KVH has a team that brings nothing but excellence and dedication,” stated Jenner Shelton. “They have committed a space labeled as their ‘War Room’ where all of the practice transformation ideas and workflows have been built. They are a highly committed group.”

The GCACH’s mission is to advance the health of our population. The GCACH region includes nine counties and over 710,000 lives. Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is the strategic foundation for Greater Columbia’s work and puts the patient in the center of care. The result is better patient care, improved population health and lower healthcare costs. The PCMH acts as an “umbrella” that incorporates the majority of the work from the four project areas below:

  • Bi-Directional Integration of Physical & Behavioral Health – The focus is to address physical and behavioral health needs through an integrated network.
  • Addressing the Opioid Public Health Crisis – The focus is to reduce opioid related morbidity and mortality through prevention, treatment and recovery supports.
  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Control – The focus is implementation of the Chronic Care Model, a cornerstone of PCMH, with the goal being planned prevention and treatment strategies for individuals with chronic illnesses.
  • Transitional Care – The focus is to reduce avoidable admissions/readmissions to intensive care settings such as hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and prisons or jails. The goal of transitional care is getting the right care, at the right time, and the right place.