IT'S ALL ABOUT TEAMWORK!
The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center has become an active member of an Indian Health Service initiative called to create Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). Along with many Indian Health sites across the country, we are working to promote good health and to improve care for patients with illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and many other diseases. Our aim is to improve the availability and experience of care for every patient we serve. To do so requires innovation and improvements in the way we conduct health care.
Most health care happens outside of the health center. Health professionals provide valuable knowledge and skills which are most useful when patients feel empowered toward making healthy lifestyle choices. In creating patient focused care teams, we encourage patients to be active members of the team. Patients and their families play the most important role on the team by choosing healthy activities, eating healthy foods, having safe behaviors, and getting the most from their healthcare visits.
What is a Care Team or Patient-Centered Medical Home?
At the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center our care teams have the patient in the center. Doctors, nursing staff, medical assistants, and support staff work together to assist each patient in reaching their health goals.
How does a patient join a Care Team? What if a patient wants to be on a different Care Team?
Patients are assigned to the Care Team with the provider you regularly see. Patients always have the right to choose another team.
What are the advantages for being on a Patient-Focused Health Care Team?
Where did the Care Team names come from?
The team names were chosen with consideration to the Native community and the geographical area where we live.