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CHEROKEE COUNTY PEDIATRIC CENTER & PEDIATRICIAN RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PATIENT-CENTERED CARE

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PEDIATRICIAN Michael George Anderson, MD, FAAP
of THE CHILDREN’S pediatrics center, ltd (on EAST Main)
391 east main street / historic hawkins building / canton, georgia
V. 770.720.6963 / F. 7707206965

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

Washington, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announces that Dr. Michael George (“Mike”) Anderson, MD, FAAP, (“Dr. Mike”) and the CHILDREN’S PEDIATRICS CENTER in Canton, Georgia were designated as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The announcement recognizes Dr. Mike’s use of evidence-based, patient-centered, highly coordinated care with long‐term, participative doctor-patient relationships. The NCQA research reports that the Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care and patient experiences while reducing costs. This also encourages developing ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal physicians. For children’s health the NCQA’s worked with American Academy of Pediatrics to establish these standards.

NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane: Regarding the PCMH recognition, the NCQA’s President said … “The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” … [and] … “Recognition shows that Dr. Anderson has the tools, systems and resources to provide his patients with the right care, at the right time.”

The Andersons as Pediatric Caregivers: Dr. Mike may grin when he explains that he and Stephanie are available only between the hours of 00:00:00:01 and 23:59:59:99 daily. He claims his schedule works only because of his life-time teammate Stephanie, a pediatric nurse practitioner. Together they claim nearly 50 years combined pediatric experience and the practical knowledge of their 30 years’ together married with two daughters of their own. Stephanie explained that since 1985, “…we have done it all as a team, my undergraduate and doctorate in nursing, also Mike’s bachelors, medical school, and a pediatric residency Univ. Michigan. The commitment required for the so-called “Medical Home” was a natural expression of the way we already lived.

A Main Street Medical Home: In 2004 the Andersons began renovating a 100 year old building on Main Street, in historic downtown Canton Georgia. The building was once used as both the Hawkins family home and Dr. Hawkins community practice. Dr. Mike smiled and said “Our patients will often prefer their pediatrician over the local community ER.” Dr. Mike claimed, “we must keep one exam room at the ready with oxygen gas, continuous EKG and respiratory monitoring on an emergency cart with stand-by suction equipment and emergency medications, and minor surgical supplies. When children are sufficiently ill, we may arrange for the hospital admissions nearly 50 miles south in Atlanta or 90 miles north to Chattanooga, often depending on which is closer to the patient’s home. We have worked to cover all possibilities. In a home-town, a doctor engages the community families outside the office: at  the school PTA where all our children attend, or the supermarket, Walmart, and in the South… at church.” The Andersons claim that engaging the community builds trust with their patients, as literally, our family provides care to other families as neighbor to neighbor.

Just Old-School: When asked about the NCQA’s recognition program, Stephanie replied, “At first we were surprised that there was an award for doing your job.” She then explained, “Dr. Mike and I care for patients the same way we first learned from our teachers. We studied together at a special place, the University of Illinois Rockford’s community medical school, where they teach to prepare doctors for an out-of-the-way, even rural, community practice.” She said, “some say this is “Old-School.” All the rest just naturally follows.” The Andersons claim that using “Old-School” or the PCMH program, the result creates the essential ingredient for quality.

The Essential Ingredient: Dr. Mike explains that trust between patient and caregiver is the essential ingredient. “Always perform your physician duties with individual loyalty to your patients, and then trust develops, followed by improved patient motivation, then compliance, and ultimately better outcomes and patient health.

About NCQA: NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

In a Loss of Private Virtue – Authority Fills Every Void

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Recently posted to the Madison Forum, by M.G. Anderson

Will Liberty remain with a nation without virtue among its people? No, answered the Patriots who founded our nation. When asked his opinion on our new constitutional government Ben Franklin cautioned “It is A Republic … If you can keep it.”

When reading the words of the other Colonial Patriots one asks “How did they define virtue?” In their day they drew from commonly familiar Biblical accounts for defining terms such as virtue. For example, the Colonial would have been mindful how an ancient Hebrew people governed themselves by written laws as recorded in their books. From such, Devarim:15 (Deuteronomy), described the ancient Hebrew’s civil duties. It instructed that their duty toward others was greater than merely avoiding vice. Their law asked for personal acts of kindness and generously toward the widows, orphans, the weak, and poor. That this civility held an ancient people together would not have escaped the Colonial’s attention.

In this context the Patriots defined and wrote that the virtue of our citizens protects our individual liberty:

” …. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” …. Liberty can no more exist without virtue than the body can live and move without a soul.”

Patrick Henry (1736 – 1799) – 1st Elected Governor of Virginia

“No free government can stand without virtue in the people …..”

Andrew Jackson (1767 – 1845 ) 7th US President

“When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it, and avarice possesses the whole community.” …. “The order of nature [is] that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826 ) 3nd US President

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.”

Fredrick Douglas (1818 – 1895 ) from Slave to US Ambassador

” Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

James Madison (1751-1836) 4th US President

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 -1919) 26th US President

“[V]irtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.” …. “[T]here is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists . . . an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness.” …”Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.”

George Washington (1732 – 1799) General, Revolutionary War and 1st US President

Read how Franklin expressed that a virtuous people will not need masters in authority to maintain order. Without virtue among the people there will be those suffering from violence, guile and greed. These suffering will be the ones to welcome even rigid authority with open arms.  Liberty weeps when the people lack virtue toward each other; and sobs bitterly when a Connecticut mad-man gunned-down innocent kindergarteners.  As the Patriots understood, unless peace and justice flow steadily from the well-spring of virtue the tares of tyranny will have been sown in our children’s wheat fields.  Then the discarded virtues of our churches, parishes, synagogues, traditions, and families will have been swept aside to clear a path for a progressive government – because too few of us acted today with enough of those gentile virtues necessary to keep Liberty safe.

Listen to Liberty calling.  Take action to revive virtue into our public discourses and deeds. Then She will stay for our children and give them freedom as a legacy.