Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center

Success Stories


Largest FQHC in Texas Achieves Meaningful Use

Congratulations to CentroMed for achieving Meaningful Use! “The guidance provided by the staff at Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center was exceptional. Without the co-partnership established between CentroMed and GCREC, CentroMed would have faced this great challenge alone,” said Christine Tello Villarreal, of CentroMed.

“Sam Liong and his team have demonstrated a high level of knowledge of the MU requirements and demonstrated great commitment in assisting us with all aspects of Meaningful Use attestation,” said Villarreal. “We would like to extend much appreciation and gratitude to the Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center!”

El Centro del Barrio, founded in 1973 and doing business as CentroMed since 2001, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center. CentroMed offers primary medical and dental care, behavioral health services, nutritional services, and other support services through a network of 21 sites located throughout San Antonio and Bexar County. Since 1999, CentroMed has received three-year accreditation from The Joint Commission and was most recently reaccredited in 2011. They are the largest FQHC in Texas.



Model of Success: FQHC Achieves Meaningful Use

Su Clinica Familiar was honored in a Meaningful Use ceremony on Tuesday, celebrating their achievement as a paperless Federal Qualified Health Center.

“What Dr. Marin envisioned was to have a group of people to work together. We did a lot of detail work figuring out where things needed to be done in the EMR. It was a very lengthy and detailed process,” said Dr. Fred McCurdy, pediatrician at Su Clinica, “We looked at all the workflows and spent countless hours trying to figure out how information flows, not only in our organizations but in the EMR.”

The new workflows transformed their procedures so that everything is transparent and consistent, to ensure the highest quality of care. This is evident in their four locations – Harlingen, Brownsville, Raymondville and Santa Rosa. No matter which site a patient visits, the process is the same.

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Critical Access Hospital in Anahuac Achieves Meaningful Use

Nurses, hospital staff and representatives of Bayside Community Hospital were honored in a Meaningful Use Vanguard ceremony as early adopters of EHR software.

“We were fortunate to have a CEO who saw the benefit of embracing the future and putting forth the resources to make sure they have the best possible system,” said Theresa Cheaney, CFO of Bayside Community Hospital, “This is the future of healthcare.”

They experienced issues along the way – hiring consultants who provided long boiler plate reports and failed to support them – and needed help and guidance.

“We have learned the hard way that the initial set up and implementation is the most important part of the process. We have had to overcome numerous problems because our system was not set up properly and our personnel were not trained properly,” said Cheaney, “In addition, our vendor has not been easy to work with in addressing these issues.”

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School of Biomedical Informatics Regional Extension Center reaches ONC program milestone

The Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center recently reached an important Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) program goal as it has provided more than 2,200 clients with Meaningful Use consulting services for their health care practices. That total, which is more than any other regional extension center in Texas, was reached well ahead of the June 2016 deadline.

Often referred to as the GCREC, the Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center provides electronic health record (EHR) and Meaningful Use consulting services to eligible health care providers throughout the southern region of Texas; including clinicians in underserved regions. The staff and consultants train and educate their providers while also serving as a reliable source for garnering health IT knowledge and acumen for the health care community.

The GCREC is housed within The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics. At its core, the team assists its clinicians and eligible hospitals with a wide variety of health IT services, including EHR vendor selection, workflow redesign, project management and privacy and security risk analysis. To complement the array of services the GCREC offers, the field team works attentively to assist clinicians, practices and small hospitals from Beaumont to the Rio Grande Valley – each with distinct and unique needs.

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