St. Luke’s Recognized as Top 25 Percent Performer in Providing Dental Care to At-Risk Children

Dr. Caesar A. DeLeo, Senior Medical Director for Gateway Health presents a check to Dr. Mohammad Qahash, St. Luke’s Dental Clinic Director.

Dr. Caesar A. DeLeo, Senior Medical Director for Gateway Health presents a check to Dr. Mohammad Qahash, St. Luke’s Dental Clinic Director.

BETHLEHEM, PA (9/4/2015) — St. Luke’s University Health Network was recently awarded a payment from Gateway Health’s Pay-for-Performance program, Gateway to Excellence, for the network’s dental care performance.

The award recognized primary care providers whose annual dental rate exceeded the published 2014 National Committee for Quality Assuarance (NCQA) Quality Compass top 25 percent benchmark for annual pediatric dental visit rate for pediatric patients ages 2-21 (Medicaid only). Qualifying members are those who received either a preventive or restorative dental service between January 1, 2014 and December 21, 2014 according to Gateway Health.

The following St. Luke’s primary care offices, as well as St. Luke’s Community Health Department, were recognized with this accomplishment:

  • St. Luke’s KidsCare – Bethlehem and Allentown
  • Fowler Family Center at Donegan Elementary
  • St. Luke’s Allentown Family Health Center
  • William Penn Family Practice

“We are so proud to be among the top 25 percent of national performers in providing dental care for our local at-risk pediatric population,” said Dr. Mohammed Qahash, DMD, St. Luke’s Dental Clinic Director. “Good dental health is an indicator of overall health and a key contributor for students’ success in school. Poor oral health has been associated with life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, which are responsible for the deaths of millions of Americans each year. St. Luke’s two mobile dental vans and two dental clinics provide dental care with multiple visits to more than 7,500 children annually who would not otherwise have easy access to dental hygienists and dentists,” he said.

“Gateway Health is very pleased to recognize and reward the outstanding work done by St. Luke’s Dental and Community Care practices when it comes to coordinating and providing high rates of quality dental care to its youngest community members,” said Caesar A. DeLeo, MD, Senior Medical Director, Gateway Health. “Their development of two dental mobile offices that bring care where people are is very innovative and reflects great foresight and coordination of care. Involving their dental and medical residents, St. Luke’s is preparing tomorrow’s practitioners to be flexible and open about new ways to deliver care.”

About Gateway Health SM:

Gateway HealthSM is a nationally ranked managed care organization that focuses on providing the best possible healthcare to a growing number of Medical Assistance (Medicaid) and Medicare Advantage members in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. Gateway Health serves the needs of at risk and vulnerable citizens – those facing chronic diseases, and those who are Medicare eligible and low-income. Gateway members have benefitted from services such as disease management, health and wellness programs and preventive care.  To learn more about Gateway HealthSM, visit us online

About St. Luke’s University Health Network:

St. Luke’s is comprised of six hospitals, including St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, St. Luke’s Anderson Campus (Bethlehem Township), St. Luke’s Miners Campus (Coaldale), St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus, all in Pennsylvania, and St. Luke’s Warren Campus in Phillipsburg, NJ. St. Luke’s University Health Network is a nonprofit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized Network providing services at more than 200 sites in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and also in Warren County, New Jersey.