AHRQ highlights Hygeia Foundation d/b/a True North Health Center’s innovations

I was blessed to lead the Hygeia Foundation d/b/a True North Health Center, a non-profit research institute and innovation laboratory, for the middle six of its fifteen-year life cycle.

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And over this time period we innovated …

  • primary care
  • behavioral and physical health integration
  • access
  • payment models
  • care models
  • care integration
  • leadership and administration
  • healthcare research
  • quality improvement
  • community engagement
  • and more

… and were touted as the Patient Centered Medical Home of the Future.

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In July 2013, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) profiled Bethany Hays, MD, True North’s medical director, and the True North model as part of AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange video series highlighting policy innovations which have influenced the structures, processes, or outcomes of health care delivery.

SEE: AHRQ Research Activities, July 2013 News and Notes

And / Or read excerpt below …

New AHRQ video series profiles health care innovators making a difference

AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange has launched a new video series profiling health care professionals whose policy innovations have influenced the structures, processes, or outcomes of health care delivery. The innovators share human interest stories that illustrate the key elements of their work and it’s impact. Following are the videos and profiles in the series Healthcare Policy Innovations: Changing Care, Improving Health:

Bethany Hays, M.D., True North Health Center, Falmouth, ME, explains how @TrueNorthMaine uses innovative policies to enhance access to care for low-income patients. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgta8r6jRdA.

Nancy Langenfeld, M.S., R.N., coordinated school health specialist, Charlotte, NC, describes how a North Carolina school district developed policies to lessen the impact of asthma on its students: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM51vLL2dNg.

Arthur Garson, M.D., M.P.H., director, Institute for Health Policy, University of Virginia, shares how clinics and hospitals bring in community members to help ensure patients receive appropriate care: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcZ3cGHrYWw.

Also …

The AHRQ video highlighting many of True North Health Center’s innovations:


Tell me your story and give me the long version.

~ Bethany Hays, MD

Innovating health care is no longer a value-add … it is an essential.

~ TD


Bethany and I and the entire Hygeia Foundation d/b/a True North team used Circle to develop, innovate and evolve our Relationship Centered Care model in our effort to improve the lives of our patients, families, community and one another.

And even though the Hygeia Foundation is no more … it’s energy is not.


Innovations help us heal our patients.

~ Bethany Hays, MD


To learn more: DahlborgHLG@gmail.com




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