Delaware Models and Innovations
These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.
Added September 2017
- Need: Ways to reduce hospital admission rates, emergency department visits, and total cost of care while better accommodating patients of the Atlantic General Hospital Corporation.
- Intervention: The hospital system applied a patient centered medical home care model to their 7 rural outpatient clinics located throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland and southern Delaware.
- Results: From the program’s care coordination, care transitions, and intervention efforts, AGH saw improvements in quality-of-care processes, service use, and spending.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed June 2017
- Need: Healthcare for the genetically vulnerable children of the rural, uninsured Amish and Mennonite communities in southern Pennsylvania.
- Intervention: A clinic that serves as a comprehensive care medical home for children (primarily from the Amish and Mennonite communities) with rare, inherited disorders.
- Results: In 2016, over 1,000 active patients with more than 200 unique genetic mutations were treated at the Clinic for Special Children.
Updated/reviewed November 2015
- Need: Sussex County, Delaware, had a large influx of Latino immigrants and a lack of bilingual, financially accessible health care services.
- Intervention: La Red Health Center was created to offer culturally competent primary care services to children and adults, regardless of ability to pay.
- Results: La Red Health Center (LRHC) has served thousands of residents, and is still operating today with four locations, including a school-based wellness center. LRHC provides a wide variety of medical and social services and has received recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Center for Quality Assurance.
Last Updated: 9/19/2017