WellSpan Health has received accreditation for addressing health equity by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
WellSpan is the first in the state and one of three nationally to receive the Health Equity Accreditation.
NCQA awards accreditation to organizations that are leaders in addressing health equity, analyzing clinical performance and consumer experience through a comprehensive framework, according to WellSpan.
“WellSpan Health is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive culture where fairness and equity is a top priority. We are extremely proud to have achieved the prestigious NCQA Health Equity Accreditation, which symbolizes our unwavering dedication to this crucial endeavor,” said Kim Brister, vice president and chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer at WellSpan Health.
“The prevalence of racial and ethnic disparities continues to be a barrier to receiving quality health care for too many Americans,” she said. “I am proud of the work being done here at WellSpan to address those issues, and we are fully committed to continuing that work moving forward.”
NCQA’s Health Equity Accreditation evaluates how well an organization complies with standards in organizational readiness, race/ethnicity, language, gender identify and sexual orientation and more.
“We have been working toward this accreditation since early last year, and we are thrilled to have met NCQA’s rigorous requirements for health equity,” said Dr. Mike Seim, senior vice president and chief quality officer, WellSpan Health. “This nationally recognized accreditation is validation that we are on the right track, and the entire health system will continue to work hard toward addressing and eliminating barriers to health care for the people of Southcentral Pennsylvania.”
The accreditation is awarded as a three-year term, effective through 2026.