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Prosser clinic earns rural certification

Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics (SCH) recently received national certification for its new Medical Plaza in Prosser to become a certified rural health clinic, making all of SCH’s primary care clinics Certified rural health clinics.

“For the past three years we have been growing at a rapid pace,” said John Gallagher, SCH Chief Executive Officer. “One significant area of growth has been in our clinics. The fact that all of our primary care clinics are certified rural health clinics is a huge win for our community.”

Rural health clinics are defined as clinics located in rural areas that treat underserved populations. The purpose of the certification program is to increase opportunities for patients on Medicare and Medicaid to receive outpatient primary care in underserved rural areas through the use of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

In order to become a certified rural health clinic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct a rigorous process to obtain initial certification as well as recertification.

The criteria to obtain certification include: meeting key objectives in location, clinic building/space, staffing, provision of service and documentation.

 The SCH Clinics that are certified rural health clinics include Sunnyside Medical Plaza, Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine, Lower Valley OB/GYN, Sunnyside Pediatrics, SCH Cardiology, Valley Internal Medicine, Valley Regional Urgent Care & Family Practice, John Hughes Student Health Center, Grandview Medical Center and, most recently, Sunnyside Medical Plaza in Prosser.

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