COMMUNITY ORIENTED PRIMARY CARE
Parkland pioneered Community Oriented Primary Care in 1987 to offer affordable and conveniently located medical care throughout Dallas neighborhoods.
With 12 primary care clinics, 12 school-based clinics and four mobile vans, this network offers high quality, affordable and accessible medical care throughout Dallas County.
The health centers offer primary care for children, adolescents, adults, women and seniors. These services include health and preventive maintenance check-ups, sick visits and urgent care.
The program focuses on education, prevention and early intervention in an effort to reduce the need for acute hospital services. In turn, fewer illnesses bottleneck the already busy emergency room, a more costly acute hospital setting. Studies have found that areas with these health centers have lower rates of inappropriate use of emergency services and lower rates of hospital admissions.
The program aims to provide a medical home for patients, building strong, long-term relationships with their physicians and other care providers. The community clinic program is designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home.
On average, more than 445,000 patients visit these health centers each year, averaging nearly 1,700 per day.
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