Scotland clinic named top performer

Staff report

Andy Kurtzman

LAURINBURG — The Scotland Community Health Clinic was recognized recently as a top performing clinic at a meeting of the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

The Scotland clinic, which opened in July 2007, was ranked top among other association clinics participating in the 2015 Annual Outcomes Survey to measure key health indicators for diabetes and hypertension patients.

Scotland Community Health Clinic tracked a random sampling of 67 diabetes patient outcomes for regulation of blood sugar levels and 70 patients with hypertension for regulation of blood pressure levels. Outcomes were compared within the clinic for the first and second halves of 2015 to monitor patient improvement, and also against other NCAFCC clinics for the same period of time.

For the year, the percent of Scotland Community Health Clinic diabetes patients with most recent blood sugar A1C levels less than 7 percent, 8 percent and 9 percent were respectively 51 percent, 81 percent, and 88 percent.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends a level of 6.5 percent or below. A1C for someone without diabetes is 5 percent or less. Only 10 percent of the sampled diabetes patients had A1C greater than 9 percent.

For the sampled patients with hypertension/high blood pressure who were monitored through the year, 78 percent of the sampling had their last blood pressure of the year measured at less than 140/90. In the tally of results among participating clinics Scotland Community Health Clinic was the top performer.

Andrew Kurtzman, executive director for the local clinic, attributed the high performance to consistent care provided by Linda Arrington, FNPC and the clinic’s support staff in areas of triage, records maintenance, prescriptions program and health education. He said the clinic works together to promote the best care and intervention for patients.

“Successful outcomes also are the result of the patients’ commitment to self-management of their conditions and their working with their health care team,” Kurtzman said.

Scotland Community Health Clinic provides free primary medical care for uninsured adults in Scotland County with household incomes at or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

The clinic is at the county complex at 1405-B West Boulevard.

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Staff report

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