Wheels for Wellness Recognized by Health Quality Innovators

Hughesville, MD -  Wheels for Wellness, a joint project of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD), The Arc Southern Maryland (The Arc SoMD) and The Center for Life Enrichment, was recognized as a 2019 Maryland Health Quality Innovator of the Year in the Collaboration category by Health Quality Innovators (HQI) at the 2019 Maryland Awards Lunch on November 14.

Wheels for Wellness provides Southern Maryland residents with reliable transportation to and from routine medical appointments. Elderly, disabled and low-income individuals are driven to and from appointments free of charge. Rides are coordinated by The Arc SoMD, which relies requests to the appropriate county providers. The program serves patients and the local workforce by connecting under-employed transportation providers with patients seeking mid-day transportation to appointments.   In the first year, the program traveled 20,244 miles and provided more than 1,000 rides.

“Wheels for Wellness has been growing steadily since its start in 2018,” says Yolanda Hipski, Regional Transit Coordinator for TCCSMD. “We’re is thrilled to receive this recognition for the program, because our numbers show that it is filling a real need.”

HQI serves as a Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization and as a Practice Transformation Network assisting practices in the Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. Wheels for Wellness joins winners in four other categories including Data-Driven Care, Patient-centered care, Population Health and Rural Health Care.

Wheels for Wellness is one of several collaborative projects spearheaded by TCCSMD. To learn more, visit their website at

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) was formed in 1964, as a cooperative planning and development agency to foster the social and economic development of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. The purpose of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is to serve as a forum for the resolution of region-wide issues and the attainment of regional goals.

Since 1984, Health Quality Innovators (HQI) has been leading the way to better health care for providers and other clients by offering expertise in quality improvement, practice transformation, provider payment programs and electronic health record optimization. Better clinical performance, patient outcomes and cost savings are among the results. In addition to its role as a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, HQI is a partner in two national Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks and is the Practice Transformation Network for Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. Visit  to learn more.

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