2012 was a great year for North by Northeast, which means it was a great year for our patients. We often share patients' stories as a way to tell the North by Northeast story, but at least once a year we like to tell the story in numbers, because the numbers are so telling and inspiring. Special thanks to our Physician Quality Assurance Lead, Dr. Louise Clark, whose tireless efforts and "fire in the belly" to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities make North by Northeast a better place to get care every day.
What kind of care are we providing?
In 2012 we provided 1,594 visits-an increase of 10% from 2011.
We provided over 1,840 prescriptions at no cost to our patients, helping prevent serious complications of untreated medical conditions, an increase of 5% compared to 2011.
Our prescription program saved our patients over $190,000 in medication costs alone in 2012.
With the generous support of Legacy Health Systems, we provided over 800 lab tests to our patients, saving them almost $20,000.
93% of our hypertensive patients have reached blood pressure control targets on at least one clinic visit. We are very proud of this, since on average only 50% of all patients in the US achieve blood pressure control; the rates are even worse for African Americans.
78% of our diabetics have good or excellent blood sugar control with HbA1c (a standard measure of diabetes control) below 8. Over 35% started care with HbA1c above 10.
We've achieved a 94% vaccination recommendation rate for our diabetics for pneumonia and hepatitis B vaccinations and are encouraging all smokers to get the pneumonia vaccination.
Our newly formed Patient Wellness Council has been instrumental in guiding our future plans for further improving community health.
Who are we seeing?
All of our patients are uninsured.
Almost all have household incomes below 150% of the federal poverty level.
53% of visits in 2012 were with African American patients and 27% were with Caucasian patients.
67% of the patients on our Chronic Disease Registry with diabetes and/or hypertension are African American.
How do the patients feel about our service?
Most of our new patients come to us after a recommendation by a friend or neighbor.
We receive thanks and blessings from grateful patients every week.
What are our plans for 2013?
The need for care continues to increase during these difficult economic times.
Our goal for 2013 is to increase visits by 10%, serve 15% more people with high blood pressure and be an even better resource for improved health for the entire community we serve.
We will begin a Community Health Worker program to provide more care to those whose blood pressure and diabetes remain uncontrolled.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we are building a stronger community.
"What's different about North by Northeast is that it's personal, one-on-one. You really matter to everyone and it shows. I have the utmost respect for these doctors and nurses and administrative people who give of their precious time. They are people helping people and that's what keeps our community together." - a note from a grateful patient
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