Opening July 13th on the Black River Memorial Hospital campus, the new Black River Healthcare Clinic integrates primary care with behavioral health for a complete, whole-person approach to your health.
Black River Memorial Hospital sought community input to identify health priorities in the area and gaps in services the hospital had currently been offering. Using the data collected, BRMH established the Black River Healthcare Clinic, which uses an integrated care approach that incorporates the strong connection between mental and physical health. The assessment also indicated that many patients who currently use emergency or urgent care services would be better served in a clinic setting.
“This team-based approach allows us to treat the whole person,” explained Mary Beth White-Jacobs, CEO of Black River Memorial Hospital. “It integrates the expertise of mental health, substance use (counselors) and primary care providers, which can lead to a more positive outcome and have a greater impact on a patient’s overall health and well-being.”
Offering these services in a primary care setting also opens the door to those who may not otherwise seek treatment. “If a patient feels there is a stigma associated with going to a mental health facility, it can prevent them from getting help,” explained White-Jacobs. “BRMH can meet all of a patient’s needs—both mental and physical—right in our clinic.”
The clinic will staff family medicine providers, nurse practitioners, behavioral health therapists, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counselors, certified medical assistants, and various outreach specialists.
Located on the BRMH campus, the Black River Healthcare Clinic is now accepting appointments. Call 715-284-3355 or visit brmh.net/clinic for more information.
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