Elkhart General Hospital
Monday, November 19, 2012 - Bittersweet Medical Associates First and Only Certified Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home

GRANGER, IN. – Bittersweet Medical Associates, part of the Elkhart General Medical Group, recently received a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance; the first and only physician practice office in the state of Indiana to do so. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognizes Bittersweet Medical Associates’ goal to reduce hospitalizations, lower medical costs and most importantly, enhance quality of life.

Described by Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Mark Schmeltz D.O. as “achieving what’s best for the patient,” patient-centered medical homes are healthcare settings that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, their personal physicians and when appropriate, the patient’s family.

Bittersweet Medical Associates has partnered with their patients, most notably those with chronic diseases, to raise the quality of care. Patients communicate and visit regularly with the medical staff for ongoing tests and check-ups in order to address their overall health, including lifestyle choices like diet and exercise. This allows patients more participation in improving their own health, while providing the staff the ability to work as a team to coordinate ongoing care. Because the focus is an ongoing partnership, the Bittersweet Medical Associates physicians and nursing team establish in-depth care plans with goals, identify any barriers to meeting those goals and educate and empower patients on ways to better manage their health. We are thorough with our patients and they appreciate that,” said Dr. Schmeltz. “We make sure to do whatever it takes to meet their needs, whether it’s a phone call to make sure all questions are answered or a home visit to an elderly patient.”

Bittersweet Medical Associates, located at 12340 Bittersweet Commons Blvd, in Granger, is accepting new patients. To learn more or to make an appointment, call 574-271-8610.

About Elkhart General Medical Group
Elkhart General Medical Group (EGMG), a division of Elkhart General Hospital and a Beacon Health System Care Partner, provides quality, compassionate care for you and your family at each stage of life. Representing 10 medical specialties at more than 15 convenient locations, EGMG offers some of the most advanced care in the region. One of our locations is the first to be recognized as a medical home in Indiana. From prevention to diagnosis, treatment to laboratory services, our Physicians and Specialists provide a range of health care services. The Elkhart General Hospital website is www.egh.org.

About The National Committee for Quality Assurance
The National Committee for Quality Assurance a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.