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Su Clinica Achieves National Health Center Leader – Gold Status Among Community Health Centers

Su Clinica, a federally qualified health center serving Cameron and Willacy counties, has been recognized as a national quality leader among the nation’s 1400 health centers. The clinic achieved Health Center Quality Leader – Gold status, which places the clinic among the top ten percent of health centers nationally.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the top 10 percent of health centers receiving a Gold Health Center Quality Leader badge for achievements in improving health outcomes and providing high quality care for patients in rural and underserved communities. The digital badges, part of the Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badge program, honor the health centers across the country that have attained the best overall clinical quality performance.

“Su Clinica has served the residents of the Rio Grande Valley with high quality services for over 50 years. We are extremely proud to be among the top ten percent of all health centers in the quality of services that we provide,” said Elena Marin, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Su Clinica. “Our 30,000 patients inspire us every day to provide them with the best care possible.”

“Health centers are cornerstones of their communities, providing essential preventive and primary care for more than 30 million patients who face significant barriers,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is proud to recognize our nation’s top health centers for their achievements in providing high-quality care to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities across the country.”

“Health centers are an essential part of America’s health care safety net, providing access to high-quality preventive and primary care in the highest need communities across the country,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “We at HRSA are proud to support and partner with these health centers, which not only provide care to patients regardless of their ability to pay but also consistently deliver excellent care that exceeds national quality standards.”

The CHQR badge program recognized outstanding performance in a variety of clinical areas, including behavioral health, maternal health, diabetes health, heart health, cancer screening, HIV prevention and care, as well as overall quality performance.
HRSA’s Health Center Program is a cornerstone of our country’s health care system, especially for individuals and families who are uninsured; enrolled in Medicaid; living in rural, remote, or underserved areas; struggling to afford their health insurance co-pays; experiencing homelessness; residing in public housing; or otherwise having difficulty finding a doctor or paying for the cost of care. Today, approximately 1,400 HRSA-supported health centers operate nearly 15,000 service sites. In 2022, health centers provided care for more than 30 million patients.

Su Clinica is a non-profit organization that has served the residents of Cameron and Willacy counties since 1971. The federally qualified health center provides services with locations in Brownsville, Harlingen, Raymondville, and Santa Rosa. In 2022, Su Clinica served 30,000 patients by providing medical, dental, behavioral health and outreach services.
For information on 2023 CHQR badge recipients by national, state, or individual health center levels, visit: https://data.hrsa.gov/topics/health-centers/chqr
Learn more about the Health Center Program: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/about-health-centers/health-center-program-impact-growth
Find a health center: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/