(SANDUSKY) -- Three McKenzie Health System clinics have been re-certified as Patient Centered Medical Homes. A PCMH is a partnership between a physician-led healthcare team and a patient to meet their health-related goals. Dr. Mark English at Lakeshore Internal Medicine in Port Sanilac, Dr. Matthew Gormley of McKenzie's Croswell Clinic and Dr. Michael Merkler of McKenzie Family Healthcare in Sandusky have all been re-certified by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as PCMH practices. They are among a select group of primary care physicians in Michigan dedicated to improving healthcare quality with the PCMH model of care.
“We are always thrilled to help patients reach their goals of healthy living, whether it is incorporating more exercise, better understanding medications or conditions, changing diet or reducing stress,” said Steve Barnett, McKenzie Health System CEO. “Through the Patient Centered Medical Home, we are now able to work in partnership with more patients throughout the state to help them improve their health and happiness.”
In a typical PCMH, primary care physicians lead care teams that work with patients to keep them healthy and monitor their care, focusing on understanding patient goals, providing reminders about tests that are designed to offer quality care, exploring other methods for selfcare and staying on top of patient issues and questions. The team may also offer
complementary care to help patients manage chronic conditions. Likewise, patients can freely share questions and concerns, take full part in planning and following through on care, discuss other doctors and medications, and provide feedback on the process and individual results.
“Like the name says, PCMH’s are centered around the patient, helping them feel and live better thanks to a closer connection with their healthcare team,” Barnett added. “We are happy to contribute to better health and better outcomes throughout the state of Michigan.”
Matthew Gormley, MD
Family Medicine; Internal Medicine, Pediatrics
Croswell Clinic, Croswell
Michael A. Merkler, MD
McKenzie Family Healthcare, Sandusky
Mark English, MD
Family Medicine; Internal Medicine
Lakeshore Internal Medicine, Port Sanilac