MHS and Centene honor South Bend physician with annual Summit Award for Excellence in Care
A South Bend physician has received a national award for providing quality care and clinical excellence to Hoosier children and adults enrolled in Managed Health Services’ statewide health plan.
Dr. Binod Balakrishnan has received the 2010 Summit Award for Excellence in Care from MHS and parent company Centene Corp.
The award honors Balakrishnan, a primary care physician in the MHS healthcare plan who specializes in pediatric medicine at the Navarre Pediatric Group, located at 100 Navarre Place, Suite 4440 in South Bend, for demonstrating exemplary performance when following up with examinations and consultations after patients’ emergency room visits, providing routine preventive and well-care services for children and adults and establishing a medical home for new enrollees in the MHS healthcare plan.
“MHS is proud to recognize Dr. Balakrishnan for the outstanding service and quality of care he provides to Managed Health Services members in his South Bend community,” said Dr. Robert Baker, vice president of medical affairs at MHS. “Our primary focus is on delivering the best possible care to our members and we could not do that without strong relationships with our plan’s physicians. The Summit Award is one way we can thank Dr. Balakrishnan for his ongoing dedication to helping people live healthy lives.”
Balakrishnan received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed his pediatric residencies at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and at Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, N.Y. He is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and his interests include acute care, infectious diseases and asthma.
A total of 16 awards were awarded by Centene health plans throughout the nation.
“These honors underscore Centene’s distinction as a physician-driven company that provides quality care to our healthcare plan members,” said Centene Chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff. “Physicians are selected for exemplary performance in several areas.”