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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.

Promising Examples

Atlantic General Hospital Patient Centered Medical Home
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

Clinic for Special Children
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.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy La Red Health Center
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