Methodist Family Health Center Physicians Recognized for Excellent Patient Care

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Fifteen physicians practicing at Methodist Family Health Centers have been recognized by the Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program for delivering superior diabetes care. BTE place a special emphasis on managing patients with chronic conditions, who are most at risk of incurring potentially avoidable complications. All BTE recognition programs are based on nationally accepted measures, with an emphasis on intermediate outcomes where available.

“Patients with chronic conditions treated by physicians who participate in the BTE program generally had fewer hospital admissions and were healthier on average, says Melissa Gerdes, MD, ABFM, FAAFP, AVP and CMO of outpatient services and accountable care organization strategy at Methodist Health System. “In addition, recognized practices reported a higher level of shared accountability between patients and providers. As a result, these patients are better managed and incur fewer potentially avoidable hospitalizations and emergency department visits.”

The following physicians have received or had their previous recognition renewed:

  • Karen Baker, ­MD, Cedar Hill
  • Jennifer Bang, MD, Charlton Medical Group
  • Jaclyn Ganacias, MD, Cedar Hill
  • Gerald George, DO, Lake Prairie
  • Nancy Georgekutty, MD, Mansfield Medical Group
  • Melissa Gerdes, MD, South Arlington
  • Christina Holtz, DO, Central Grand Prairie
  • Robert Holtz, DO, Central Grand Prairie
  • Kathleen Humphries, DO, Central Grand Prairie
  • Brian Jones, MD, Cedar Hill
  • Michael Marshall, MD, Cedar Hill
  • Pam Santone, DO, South Grand Prairie
  • Michael Sims, MD, South Grand Prairie
  • Donna Shannon, MD, Midlothian
  • Darrell Thigpen, MD, Kessler Park
  • John Thurmond III, MD, Mansfield Medical Group
  • David Lee Walters, MD, Charlton
  • Mary Welp, MD, Midlothian

Physicians who continually improve their practices are rewarded not only through public or peer recognition of the achievement, but also through higher financial incentives for their practice.