Esperanza Health Centers receives national recognition for exceptional performance delivering quality health care to patients

HRSA provides four awards to Esperanza totaling $155,241

Aug 31, 2015, 10:59 ET from Esperanza Health Centers

CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Esperanza Health Centers was named a recipient of Affordable Care Act funding by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in recognition of the high quality and comprehensive care provided to patients at the southwest side community health center, Esperanza announced today.

Esperanza received four awards totaling $155,241, which is the third largest level of funding to be provided to any of the 38 health centers in Illinois selected by HRSA.  The health centers across the country which received funding are being recognized for high levels of performance in categories associated with quality, access or value provided.

The four awards Esperanza Health Centers received, include:

  • Clinical Quality Improver Award of $16,621 recognizing health centers that showed improvement in one or more clinical quality measures between 2013 and 2014, demonstrating a significant improvement to their patients' health.
  • Health Center Quality Leader Award of $38,621 for achievement of the best overall clinical outcomes among all health centers, demonstrating a dedication to quality in all aspects of clinical operations.
  • Access Enhancer Award of $30,000 for health centers that increased the total number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2013 and 2014.
  • High Value Health Center Award of $70,000 for improving cost-efficient health care delivery, compared to the national average, while also increasing quality of care and improving access to comprehensive services.

"We are very honored and appreciate this national recognition and the awards provided by HRSA," said Dan Fulwiler, MPH, chief executive officer of Esperanza Health Centers, which is comprised of three community clinics. "This distinction places us in a leadership position in Illinois and Chicago, which we welcome."

Esperanza plans to use the award money to invest in new assets and human resources that will further improve quality of health care for patients. 

"We are especially proud and pleased that HRSA has recognized the efficiency of our care," said Andrew Van Wieren, MD, medical director of Esperanza Health Centers.  "These awards are a testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff, who work hard every day to provide the best possible health care for all of Esperanza's patients."

About Esperanza Health Centers

Esperanza Health Centers are dedicated to providing high-quality medical care and behavioral health services to all residents of the southwest side of Chicago, regardless of immigration status, race, ethnicity, income level or insurance status. Families in Esperanza's service area experience significant economic, educational, and health disparities. All providers and clinical staff are bilingual and bicultural.  Esperanza's primary service area includes: Little Village (South Lawndale), Pilsen (Lower West Side), Brighton Park, Archer Heights, Gage Park, Chicago Lawn and the suburb of Cicero. More information is available at

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