North Bay clinics earn high scores in federal rankings

Uncle Sam has a new way of measuring the performance of community health centers, and to no one's surprise local clinics like Petaluma Health Center are receiving some pretty good marks.

For the first time, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration has released rankings for quality of care at community clinics.

Petaluma Health Center


The rankings allow the public and health care administrators to assess the performance of community clinics, which treat more than 81,000 patients in Sonoma County and are slated to play an increasingly important role in caring for people under Obamacare.

It also allows the government, and the public, to keep tabs on their investment.

Petaluma Health Center, which has undergone a major expansion of both facilities and medical programs, ranked among the highest in the state in a number of categories related to preventative medicine, which some in health care view as a key toward reducing rising health care costs.

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