OHI Receives Two National Awards

Posted on February 2, 2012 By

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, honored OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, and Stafford, with two national awards this January at the national meeting of PSPC (Patient Safety Pharmacy Collaborative) in Herndon, Virginia.

Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of OHI accepted the Outstanding Executive Leader Award, a national award that recognizes an executive leader who has demonstrated outstanding support of its organization’s involvement in the 2011 PSPC national collaborative.

Dr. Shira Meyer, an Internist at OHI received the 2011 Quality Leader Award. This award acknowledges an individual PSPC team member who has removed barriers so that an organization can expand the delivery of clinical pharmacy services and refine its care delivery system in order to improve patient safety and medication management.

The awards were co-sponsored by the PSPC Alliance and the Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health. The HSRA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) is a national effort to improve the quality of care delivered in the United States through the integration of health care providers and increased provision of clinical pharmacy services. This breakthrough effort targets improvement in health and safety for our highest risk, highest cost, complex patients.

OHI has participated in the Patient Safety Pharmacy Collaborative since 2009. During the past year, OHI has specifically focused on patients with diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, aiming to prevent potential adverse drug events and assist in correcting those who have experienced adverse drug events in the past.

Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of OHI, says, “Our entire staff is focused on delivering compassionate healthcare that results in outstanding health outcomes for our population. I am proud that HRSA has recognized our achievements in providing health care for the medically vulnerable.”

About Ocean Health Initiatives

OHI, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood and 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, provides comprehensive preventative and primary care, including pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, WIC, universal immunizations, and dental health to the area’s uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented residents on a sliding-fee scale, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay.

OHIhas a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call a representative in the Call Center at either 732-552-0377, Toms River, or 732-363-6655, Lakewood.  Visit www.ohinj.org. for further information.