NHRMC Physician Group Providers Receive National Recognition for Quality Diabetes Care

February 27, 2013

WILMINGTON— Providers with New Hanover Medical Group and Morgan Internal Medicine, both part of the NHRMC Physician Group, recently received recognition from the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality care to patients with diabetes. The recognition, provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association, was designed to improve the quality of care received by patients with diabetes by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care.

To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, providers submitted data that demonstrates performance in meeting the program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

“Clinicians within the NHRMC Physician Group are dedicated to providing quality health care to their patients,” said John Gizdic, Executive Vice President of Strategic Services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and President of the NHRMC Physician Group. “These providers have been recognized for helping their patients manage their diabetes to improve their quality of life. We are proud of the effort of these providers on behalf of their patients.”

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes.

“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes, as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergenstal, M.D., President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care. The list of recognized clinicians is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.”

Morgan Internal Medicine—NHRMC Physician Group is located in the NHRMC Health & Diagnostics - Brunswick Forest facility at 1333 South Dickenson Drive, Suite 240 in Leland. Dr. Morgan is welcoming new patients to his practice. For more information or to schedule your appointment, call 910.332.0241.

New Hanover Medical Group—NHRMC Physician Group has three locations to better serve its patients. In central Wilmington at 1960 South 16th Street, in Myrtle Grove at 5145 South College Road, and in Ogden at 7420 Market Street. To schedule an appointment with New Hanover Medical Group at one of their three locations, call 910.343.9991.

The NHRMC Physician Group is committed to providing the highest quality health care to residents of southeastern North Carolina. With more than 100 providers in both primary care and specialty fields, the NHRMC Physician Group's doctors can focus on providing the best medical care to their patients while benefiting from the shared resources of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This progressive healthcare partnership means access to some of medicine's best technologies, treatments and specialists is readily available when needed. Services provided include urology, oncology, neurology, cardiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, psychiatry, urgent care, pediatric surgery and a team of hospitalists serving hospitalized patients. To better serve patients' needs, NHRMC Physician Group practices are located throughout southeastern North Carolina. Visit www.nhrmc.org or call 910.342.3400 for a complete list of New Hanover Regional Medical Center physicians.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations, it also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing healthcare quality information for consumers, purchasers, healthcare providers and researchers.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800 communities.