Awards mark progress for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center - Etcetera - 9/9/13

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Three awards show that Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center has worked diligently the last two years at turning around its reputation in local health care, according to a release from AMI Ad Agency public relations representative Jillian Henze.

Tribally governed since 1996, the center is 10 miles east of Pendleton where it provides outpatient primary care to Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation members and other eligible American Indians.

Its patient-focused work the past two years is paying off, Jillian said.

“With new technology, same-day appointments and a new facility in the works, the clinic recently won awards for its quality care and providers, as well as its improvement,” she said.

The health center received two awards in late August for its quality of care and improvement initiatives at the Indian Health Service Recognition of Excellence awards ceremony in Portland.

In addition, Yellowhawk’s Clinical Director Dr. Carmen Ehlers, received a Direct Patient Care Excellence award.

“We want Yellowhawk to be the provider of choice for our community,” Carmen said.

“You should know the care you receive at Yellowhawk is as good or better than care received elsewhere in the region.”

Angie Dearing and Eric Gabriel, co-chairs of Yellowhawk’s Quality Improvement Focus Group, represented Yellowhawk in receiving the awards.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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