SwedishAmerican Health System and Rosecrance Health Network make some adjustments. They're trading employees for outpatient services. The partnership comes after Rockford lost a facility this past fall.
The doors closed at Singer Mental Health Center in October and now Rosecrance is helping Swedes handle those patients.
"We believe this will improve access to care and create a more user-friendly system for our patients." -says Rosecrance Health Network President & CEO Philip Eaton.
According to Eaton, Rosecrance bought SwedishAmerican's Behavioral Health Resources outpatient clinic. It will move out of Camelot Towers, but administrators don't know where yet. Rosecrance therapists will help Swedes workers at the hospital for inpatient care. They will assess patients' needs and move them to different facilities, like Rosecrance's downtown Triage Center if an ER is the wrong setting.
"That [inpatient psychiatric] unit will still be SwedishAmerican's, but we will work in partnership with Rosecrance to create that continuity of care for those individuals." -says Dr. Gorski, who believes this new relationship was inevitable.
The hospital was overwhelmed with people struggling with mental health issues even when Singer was around.
"We've had people in our emergency room for up to 80 hours because there's nowhere for them to go." -he says.
Had Singer stayed open, administrators think the partnership might still have happened.
"Maybe it would've taken a little longer, but the driving force of 'We've got a real crisis here what are we going to do about it?' probably helped push the partnership along."
The two systems' leaders will meet regularly to evaluate the new relationship and discuss improvements. Rosecrance's newly-purchased outpatient services are planned to start up March 1st. Both networks collaborating on inpatient care at Swedes should begin June 1st.
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