UC Davis Health has named Plumas District Hospital as its newest Rural Center of Excellence, a designation that recognizes the Quincy-based provider as a training site for UC Davis medical students and for its emphasis on quality clinical care – particularly in maternity services, medical training, and performance improvement.
“This achievement demonstrates the commitment of our medical community, hospital staff, and board of directors to continue to provide high-quality patient care for the residents of Plumas County,” said JoDee Title, the hospital’s CEO.
The Rural Center of Excellence designation requires a hospital to be accredited by The Joint Commission (or the equivalent) and meet a rigorous set of clinical care, education and training, and research criteria. Selected hospitals must use innovative clinical approaches, such as telemedicine, to provide access to quality health care services.
The hospitals also must provide education opportunities that create a lifelong learning environment and help train the next generation of clinicians. In addition, the hospital must encourage participation in health care research to help advance clinical care and health.
“UC Davis established its Rural Centers of Excellence program to help advance the delivery of health care for patients in rural areas and to create pathways that will encourage more physicians to practice in rural communities,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health and vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences at UC Davis. “Our program creates collaborative partnerships with community providers like Plumas District Hospital, with the goal of improving clinical care access for patients in rural areas and reducing health disparities.”