SIOUX CITY | UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine -- Sunnybrook has been recognized as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

To achieve this recognition, the clinic was successful in demonstrating excellence in care management, patient focused huddles, setting patient goals and identifying barriers, chart preparation and charting to rooming standards.

UnityPoint Health -- St. Luke's said in a statement that UnityPoint Clinic is transforming its primary care practices to a medical home model to improve patient-centered, coordinated care for the patients and communities it serves. The NCQA PCMH standards emphasize the use of systematic care management that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

The statement said the addition of care coordinators to the UnityPoint Clinic medical home team helps empower patients to be active participants in their health care. A care coordinator is a registered nurse who provides additional education on medication, nutrition, exercise and other topics important to a patient, assists them with goal setting and coaches them to develop a plan to achieve their goals.

PCMH data shows promising results in improving care quality and lowering costs by increasing access to more efficient, coordinated and responsive care.