Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin: Receives Anticoagulation Center of Excellence designation

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) is honored to announce it has received the Anticoagulation Center of Excellence designation. The three-year designation illustrates GHC-SCW’s commitment to providing the highest level of care to patients taking antithrombotic medications.

What is Anticoagulation Care?

Anticoagulation Care is also known as blood thinner therapy. It is important for treating blood clots and preventing strokes caused by a heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. Blood thinners need more attention than some other drug therapies to keep the risk of clots balanced with the risk of bleeding. It needs special management around the time of surgeries.

The Anticoagulation Forum awards organizations the classification if it meets all criteria associated with five pillars, including drug therapy management, disease state management, transitions and coordination of care, service operational performance, and patient and family education.

“We are honored to receive the Anticoagulation Center of Excellence designation because it reaffirms GHC-SCW’s commitment to provide our patients with a high level of care and also to continuous improvement,” said Jillian Dougherty, GHC-SCW’s Anticoagulation Team Lead. “There’s always new information coming out that may help a patient, so it’s important for providers to be at the forefront of the most up-to-date research and drug therapy practices.”

In addition to recognizing the work already done, the Anticoagulation Center of Excellence aids organizations and health care providers in staying up to date on the latest research and best practices through a resource center that contains the most current comprehensive set of standards and workflows.

“Our primary purpose is to provide education and be a resource to patients and providers,” adds Dougherty. “We often form strong relationships with our patients as we work closely with them on their anticoagulation care. It’s one of my favorite parts of my role here at GHC-SCW.”

About Anticoagulation Forum
The Anticoagulation Forum is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. The AC Forum promotes the clinical application of evidence-based practices and provides education and networking opportunities for health care professionals. To learn more about the program, visit

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) is Wisconsin’s first and Dane County’s only member-owned, non-profit health care cooperative. With the largest primary care network in Dane County, the Cooperative has more than 83,000 members and serves the greater Dane County area and the South Central Wisconsin region with insurance and clinical services. GHC-SCW is the first health plan in Wisconsin to offer patients a money-back guarantee if they are not satisfied with their experience at a GHC-SCW clinic. GHC-SCW is perennially a national leader for quality. In 2022, GHC-SCW achieved a rating of 4.5 out of 5 rating among commercial plans; no other health plan in Wisconsin scored higher, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. To learn more about GHC-SCW, visit