Sharp Medical Groups Recognized for “Elite” Care

  Sharp Medical Groups Recognized for Elite Care
Sharp HealthCare's affiliated medical groups — Sharp Rees-Stealy and Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG) — have achieved Elite Status, the highest possible designation for quality care given by the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) as part of its 2014 Standards of Excellence program. This is the fifth year in a row they have been so honored by CAPG, which is the nation's largest professional organization of managed care physician groups.

"Each of the dedicated physicians, health care providers and staff at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group is focused on delivering outstanding, affordable, patient-centered care," said Dr. Donald C. Balfour, III, medical director of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. "Receiving Elite status for the fifth consecutive year in this rigorous assessment should give our patients great peace of mind that they have selected a medical group dedicated to excellence and continual improvement."

The Standards of Excellence program helps health care consumers evaluate physician groups in three key areas.The survey assesses how well-equipped and structured physician groups are to deliver a better patient experience, better population health and better overall affordability.

"This award is a testament to the excellence provided by the physicians of Sharp Community Medical Group in patient satisfaction, quality of medical care and the coordination of services provided to the population that SCMG serves," said Dr. John Jenrette, chief executive officer of Sharp Community Medical Group. "Each year the bar is raised in achieving the award and SCMG continues to demonstrate that drive for continued excellence."

Sharp HealthCare, San Diego's most comprehensive health care delivery system, is recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac, cancer, multi-organ transplantation, orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women's health, home health and hospice services. Sharp HealthCare has been widely acclaimed for its commitment to transform the health care experience for patients, physicians and staff through an organization-wide performance improvement initiative called The Sharp Experience. The Sharp system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan.

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers offer multispecialty care from a dedicated team including 2,000 staff members representing virtually every allied health profession, in addition to the more than 460 physicians who are members of the affiliated Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers are dedicated to delivering the extraordinary level of caring called The Sharp Experience, which combines clinical excellence, advanced technology and patient- and family-centered care. Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers has 21 locations and accepts most health insurance plans.

Sharp Community Medical Group is the largest group of physicians in private practice in San Diego. With a network of more than 700 primary care and specialty physicians working in 350 locations in San Diego County, SCMG offers families convenient access to care near their homes and places of work. SCMG physicians represent more than 30 specialty areas, and have access to 20 urgent cares and 11 local hospitals, including all Sharp HealthCare, Palomar Health and Rady Children's Hospitals.