SwedishAmerican, Rosecrance partnernership aims to improve continuum of mental health care services

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Wednesday, Jan. 30, SwedishAmerican and Rosecrance Health Network announced a new partnership aimed at improving the continuum of mental health care services in northern Illinois.

The partnership involves improvements in the delivery of both inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient behavioral health services.

In the area of hospital-based psychiatric care, SwedishAmerican’s board of directors has approved an agreement to contract with Rosecrance for the oversight of SwedishAmerican Hospital’s inpatient mental health unit.

In this new model, SwedishAmerican continues its long-standing focus on inpatient psychiatric services. Nurses providing direct patient care will continue to be employed by the hospital, while the unit’s psychiatrists and therapists will become Rosecrance employees. Management of the unit will be provided by a director who is employed by Rosecrance, but reports to SwedishAmerican’s vice president of nursing.

In addition, SwedishAmerican’s board also has approved the sale of the health system’s outpatient behavioral health clinic, in Camelot Tower, to Rosecrance. March 1, the clinic will close and its services will be integrated with existing Rosecrance operations through its affiliate, Aspen Counseling & Consulting.

Outpatient appointments will continue seamlessly; no interruption of service is expected. To accommodate the growth at Aspen, Rosecrance will announce a new location for outpatient services in the near future.

Patients will benefit from the SwedishAmerican-Rosecrance partnership through an expanded and more specialized base of providers, more comprehensive coverage for SwedishAmerican Hospital’s Emergency Department, additional case management alternatives and a tiered system that provides stronger alignment between mental health service options and patients’ specific needs.

Our partnership with Rosecrance will help us to more effectively bridge gaps in the current mental health care system, and ensure that patients receive the best possible care in the most appropriate setting, and in a timely fashion,” said SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. “This is an excellent example of how two respected organizations are coming together to advance the continuity of mental health care in northern Illinois with creative solutions.”

The Rosecrance Health Network Board of Directors also has approved the partnership with SwedishAmerican regarding mental health services. Rosecrance President and CEO Philip W. Eaton said the board believes the agreement will benefit the community and improve access to care by creating a more user-friendly system.

The goal is to connect the dots between the acute care system and community-based services, creating a seamless transition between levels of care within the same network,” Eaton said. “Every step of the way, clients will be interacting with a unified team of clinical professionals who coordinate care under the same management system.”

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally-governed health care system, with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency and a foundation. Through an exclusive affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican will soon expand world-class cancer services across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin when it opens a new cancer center in October.

Rosecrance, a private not-for-profit with headquarters in Rockford, is one of the most comprehensive behavioral health networks in the state of Illinois. Rosecrance provides substance abuse and mental health treatment to more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year.

Rosecrance has facilities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, along with six offices in Chicagoland. The organization’s headquarters are at 1021 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. Rosecrance was founded in 1916. More information is available at www.rosecrance.org.

Posted Jan. 30, 2013

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