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UC Davis health system receives Spirit of Excellence Award

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis Health System has received the annual Spirit of Excellence Award for Service from Modern Healthcare magazine.

The honor, one of five announced by the magazine Monday, recognizes the health system for its innovative “patient-centered medical home” approach begun two years ago. It comes with a $5,000 cash award.

The medical home, an effort in place among physicians and staff at the family and community medicine department, is designed to improve the patient experience. In part, that happens through implementation of the electronic health record system throughout the physician network, which frees up medical assistants from clerical duties so they can be more patient-focused, according to Thomas Balsbaugh, UC Davis residency program director.

“Teamwork will be a key to both improved patient satisfaction and improved efficiency,” Balsbaugh said.