SwedishAmerican and Rosecrance Health Network partner to improve mental health continum in region

“Rosecrance Health Network President and CEO Philip W. Eaton (left) and Dr. Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican Health System, announce the partnership involving mental health care Wednesday, Jan. 30, at SwedishAmerican.”Rosecrance Health Network and SwedishAmerican Health System have announced a new partnership to improve 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.

Under an agreement approved by both organizations’ boards of directors, Rosecrance will manage SwedishAmerican Hospital’s 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, Rosecrance has purchased SwedishAmerican’s outpatient behavioral health clinic, now located in Camelot Tower. On 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.”

Rosecrance President and CEO Philip W. Eaton said the organization’s Board of Directors believes the partnership with SwedishAmerican  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 patients will be interacting with a unified team of clinical professionals who coordinate care under the same management system.”

PHOTO CAPTION: “Rosecrance Health Network President and CEO Philip W. Eaton (left) and Dr. Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican Health System, announce the partnership involving mental health care Wednesday, Jan. 30, at SwedishAmerican.”