Adelante Healthcare is a federally qualified health center in Mesa, Arizona that was formed in the late 1970s to serve migrant workers. Back then, clinicians worked out of ramshackle trailers. Today it’s a different story.

Serving the working poor and uninsured, the clinic recently completed construction of a new LEED Platinum-certified patient care facility, one its leaders say upholds the true meaning of the “medical home” distinction. CEO Avein Saaty-Tafoya noted that the 43-provider clinic has gone beyond the technical definitions of a patient-centered medical home, an I.T.-rich model in which primary care physicians coordinate care across diverse settings. Certified as a medical home by the Joint Commission, Adelante has been using EHR technology to document and coordinate care for the last five years, Saaty-Tafoya noted.

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