BATON ROUGE, La – eQHealth Solutions’ executive, Vicky Ducworth, Senior Vice President of Government Programs, was honored by the South Carolina Hospital Association and awarded the prestigious 2017 Lewis Blackman Award. The award is given annually to those that have championed patient safety in the state and gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure quality patient care. Ducworth, in a prior role, served as a Program Director at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and helped design and develop the state’s Healthy Outcomes Plan (HOP).
In receiving this award, Ducworth was recognized for her contributions that have enabled South Carolina hospitals to develop community-based plans in association with 68 primary care safety net providers, 19 behavioral health clinics, and other organizations that serve the uninsured, with a projected $99.4 million in cost-avoidance realized from 2013-2018. In addition to the cost savings, the uninsured, high emergency department users who participated in this program received more holistic care, getting access to care coordinator and social worker resources and were provided increased access to community safety net resources. For patients, the outcomes include improved care and lower emergency room utilization. Together these factors (a healthier population overall and lower emergency room use) were largely responsible for the cost savings for the South Carolina HOP program.
“We are proud of Vicky’s accomplishments as one of five recipients to receive the Lewis Blackman Award from the South Carolina Hospital Association in 2017. This recognition and award underscores Vicky’s hard work and commitment to improving the quality of patient care. We are pleased to have her leading our government operations where her skills and expertise can be leveraged to great advantage for our clients,” applauded Glen J. Golemi, Chief Executive Officer, eQHealth Solutions.
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Founded in 1986, eQHealth Solutions is a population health management and technology solutions company that touches millions of lives annually throughout the nation. Our high-tech and high-touch models include innovative technology solutions, quality care coordination services, and focus on high-quality outcomes and optimization of provider and payer networks. eQHealth serves a variety of entities including federal, state and commercial clients. www.eqhs.org