SIMED Psychologist Wins Distinguished Award

SIMED health Psychologist Cathleen Civiello won the 2018 Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award from the Society of Psychologists in Management

SIMED is pleased to announce that Cathleen Civiello PhD, the most recent addition to the SIMED Health Psychology team has won the 2018 Distinguished Psychologist in Management (DPIM) Award presented by the Society of Psychologists in Management (SPIM).

The Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award “recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of management by a psychologist.” Awarded annually, its highly selective nomination process results in an honoree who has developed practices that “have a major impact on people in organizational settings and/or on the professions of management.”

Dr. Civiello was recognized for her work using clinical psychology to affect a cultural change in intelligence agencies. Previously, she won the “Mentor of the Year” Award from an organization with more than 60,000 employees. She also received an award from President Barack Obama for her work.

Dr. Civiello once served as president of SPIM. In her first SPIM meeting, she sat next to Dr. Harry Levinson who was the first DPIM recipient in 1985. Many consider Dr. Levinson to be the father of managerial psychology and the application of psychology in organizations.

“It was humbling to have been nominated for and even more so to have been selected for this same DPIM award,” Dr. Civiello said. “Although the psychologist who nominated me for the DPIM award primarily used my work in the past 30 years, he also commented on my transition to SIMED.”

“From the time I began interviewing for a position in SIMED, I was attracted to the organization because SIMED leaders and clinical staff, in our integrated care model, apply good management in a way that enhances patient care and patient health.”

As the recipient of this year’s award, Dr. Civiello will present a lecture at SPIM’s annual convention in February about her work at SIMED and how leadership and management science informs clinical work.

“Dr. Civiello winning the Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award is well earned,” said Dr. Daniel Duncanson, SIMED CEO. “She has dedicated her career to helping others through difficult times and her commitment to the field of Psychology and to serving our veterans should be applauded by all.”

“Her personality, background and professional skills make her a wonderful addition to the SIMED team.  We are thrilled she chose to relocate to North Central Florida for this next phase of her career.”

To learn more about Dr. Civiello or schedule your appointment with our SIMED Health Psychology team, visit us here. You can also call (352) 331-9441 for our Gainesville and Chiefland locations or (352) 732-3110 for our Ocala and Lady Lake locations.

SIMED Earns National Recognition For Patient-Centered Care

SIMED logo and NCQA badge over SIMED building

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that SIMED – Southeastern Integrated Medical of Gainesville has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that SIMED has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, SIMED demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

press release from NCQA on SIMED earning recognition

SIMED Awarded for Outstanding Clinical Practice

SIMED was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Clinical Practice Award by the Alachua County Medical Society.


On May 9th, SIMED received the 2017 Outstanding Clinical Practice Award from the Alachua County Medical Society (ACMS). The award was given for the first time to recognize a medical practice or service line for providing exemplary patient care. 

“This award recognizes the efforts of every SIMED employee over the last several years” Dr. Daniel Duncanson, the CEO of SIMED, said, “SIMED embraces the opportunity for change, and endeavors to continuously develop ourselves to meet the needs of our patients, communities, and physician populations we serve.  This took effort from everyone at SIMED to break down old ways of doing things, and replace them with a true patient centered approach.”  

SIMED was recognized as the first and only Medicare Shared Savings Program (accountable care organization) in the region from Alachua County north to the state line that has driven down total healthcare costs for its patient population while maintaining excellent quality of care.  SIMED had numerous quality of care measures ranking in the 90th percentile for the country.

In his letter of support for the nomination, Duncanson explained that in 2010 SIMED decided to turn its focus towards the Institute of Medicine’s population health “’triple aim’ to provide care to patients and their caregivers that measurably improves their health, in a satisfying manner, and with efficiencies toward costs.”

SIMED is working with other insurance providers to develop similar accountable care relationships and recently began reaching out to other health care groups in the region in an effort share information to help the groups learn more about their impact on local health care costs and quality.

“Because this issue extends beyond SIMED’s walls,” Duncanson said, “it is a much bigger challenge but one SIMED intends to take head on for the betterment of our communities and society as a whole.”

The ACMS president Dr. David E. Winchester said he felt there was a need to recognize organizations like SIMED and that ACMS had the ability to make it happen.

To learn more about the Medicare Shared Savings Program. click here.