BRMH addressing gaps and increasing access to healthcare needs in the community, adding clinic

04/10/2019

The Board of Directors and Senior Leader Team at Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) have been evaluating responsibilities to the community, current healthcare offerings, sustainability, and health outcomes for Jackson County. BRMH has determined a need to add a primary care clinic combined with mental health and substance misuse counseling. Some of the findings include:

  • There are some gaps in care, especially for behavioral health, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA), and users of Emergency and Urgent Care whose needs would be better met in a clinic setting.
  • Integrating mental health and AODA with primary care has a greater positive impact on the patient’s overall health and well-being.
  • Around 50-60% of Jackson County residents are leaving the county for their care according to Wisconsin Hospital Association data.

“Being progressive is a core value for BRMH and we want to be proactive in meeting the needs of the community now and in the future,” stated Mary Beth White-Jacobs, President and CEO of BRMH.  “We are excited to offer an integrated and holistic system for patients and keep care local for Jackson County residents.”

 The new clinic area will include a family medicine physician, nurse practitioner, behavioral and AODA counselors as well as outreach specialists. BRMH will continue to collaborate with local and regional healthcare providers to meet the needs of our community.

The clinic will be added to the west side of the building with construction beginning in August and opening in late spring of 2020. BRMH is finishing its first phase of construction in the Surgical Services Department and Rehabilitation and Occupational Health Department at the end of April 2019. The next phases will begin in the Nutrition Services Department and on the west side of the hospital, including some changes in the Emergency Department.

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