Rocking Horse receives two awards, $48K grant

Rocking Horse Community Health Center will receive more than $48,000 in grant money after winning multiple awards for providing high-quality services.

The Springfield-based health center won two awards, including $40,000 for the Primary Care Medical Home Recognition award and $8,572 for a Clinical Quality Improver award, the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration announced.

“We’re pleased and still stay humble and strive for the best,” Rocking Horse Medical Director Dr. Yamani Teegala said. “We don’t want to be our good to the enemy of our best. We would like to strive for our best.”

The administration gave $3.1 million in awards to 41 Ohio health centers.

The clinical quality improver award is give to health centers that improved in one or more quality measures between 2014 and 2015. The recognition award is given centers that keep their Patient-Centered Medical Home certification.

“We take pride in providing some continuity of services and improving access to care and coordinated care,” Teegala said.

The money will be used to improve the quality of services, Teegala said.

“There is always work to do,” Teegala said. “There is never enough done. … Trying to put it back into care coordination is our goal this year.”

Rocking Horse, which opened in 1999, has 140 employees at four locations in Clark County and Madison County, including offices at Keifer Academy and the Mulberry Terrace apartment complex.

In 2013, the organization completed an $8 million expansion at its facility near downtown Springfield. The Rocking Horse Center serves more than 12,000 patients annually and provided about 51,000 doctor visits last year.