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Clinic Receives 2019 Foundation Star Award for ‘Commitment to Health Care Quality’

Hattiesburg Clinic Awarded

Hattiesburg Clinic Awarded 2019 Foundation Star Award for ‘Commitment to Health Care Quality’

Clinic Receives 2019 Foundation Star Award for ‘Commitment to Health Care Quality’

Physician leaders and members of Hattiesburg Clinic’s administrative team were present to accept the Foundation Star Award from the AMGA Foundation during the Foundation’s Annual Conference in National Harbor, Md. in March. The award is given to select health organizations for their committed efforts to improving health care quality. Pictured from left are Kristy Gould, chief Corporate Planning & Development officer; Jackie Parker, chief operating officer for Primary Care; Tommy Thornton, executive director of Hattiesburg Clinic; Bryan Batson, MD, chief medical informatics officer; Brian Rifkin, chief experience officer; Jeff Williams, MD, assistant medical informatics officer.

Hattiesburg Clinic is among a select group of health care organizations in the country to be awarded for its efforts in improving the quality of health care.

The clinic was recently presented the “2019 Foundation Star Award” by the American Medical Group Association® Foundation during the AMGA Annual Conference in National Harbor, Md. According to the Foundation, organizations are honored as a Foundation Star for “their commitment to health care quality as demonstrated by their participation in and support of AMGA Foundation’s quality programs.”

Hattiesburg Clinic was one of only 13 member organizations in the U.S. to be honored with the award, which is given to organizations for their participation in four or more Foundation initiatives that focus on improving health and health care. These initiatives include: applying for the Acclaim Award, which honors high-performing healthcare organizations; participating in one or more Best Practices Learning Collaboratives; taking part in the Together 2 Goal® campaign; and donating to AMGA Foundation.

“AMGA Foundation’s quality improvement programs would not be possible without the support and involvement of these organizations and individuals,” John W. Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer for AMGA and Foundation president said in a press release. “Their dedication to high performance health care has improved the lives of millions. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with them as we seek to improve millions more.”

Hattiesburg Clinic Executive Director Tommy Thornton said the clinic is grateful to be recognized by the AMGA for its work towards improving the quality of its care.

“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our efforts to improve health care for our patients. Part of Hattiesburg Clinic’s mission is to provide quality health care in an efficient and cost-effective manner and we have strived to reach this goal in a number of ways, hence our work with AMGA,” said Thornton. “This award motivates us to keep striving for quality as we continue to serve the overall health needs of South Mississippi.”

About Hattiesburg Clinic

Since its founding in 1963, Hattiesburg Clinic has grown to more than 400 physicians and providers and more than 2,000 professional staff employees. The clinic serves more than 500,000 patients in 19 counties throughout South Mississippi. For more information, visit https://www.hattiesburgclinic.com/

About AMGA Foundation

AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s philanthropic arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice.

About AMGA

AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, they advocate, educate, innovate and empower their members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of its members’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high quality, high-value care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in its member organizations, delivering care to 1 in 3 Americans.

Katie Townsend


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