Jan 272016
 

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St. Elizabeth’s Hospital … A Christus Southwest facility … has reached out to JSA Health Telepsychiatry to help the hospital’s efforts for “regional transformation.” JSA Health will be providing a full range of psychiatric consultation services throughout St. Elizabeth’s Hospital … including the emergency department, medical-surgical floors, and ICUs. The effort will include JSA’s collaboration with the local mental health authority – Spindletop Center, especially Spindletop’s Crisis Stabilization Unit which JSA will also be assisting.
More Information about St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from the Christus Southeast Texas website:

 

CHRISTUS SOUTHEAST TEXAS St. Elizabeth, is a 431-bed acute care and trauma center, and is a regional leader in spine and orthopedics, cardiology, oncology, general surgery, critical care and trauma, birthing, neonatal care, and bariatrics. As the largest Magnet hospital between Houston and Baton Rouge, CHRISTUS SOUTHEAST TEXAS St. Elizabeth offers a positive, patient-focused environment providing the highest level of care possible for the community.

The hospital is the recipient of the 2013 Consumer Choice #1 Award for the ninth consecutive year from the National Research Corporation. In addition, St. Elizabeth received The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center and TJC’s Gold Seal of Approval for Heart Failure Certification.St. Elizabeth utilizes cutting-edge technology to care for patient’s needs, including advanced clinical documentation systems, electronic medical record document scanning and archival system, and picture archive computer system (PACS) in cardiology and radiology, all of which streamlines physician access to patient medical information. In addition, St. Elizabeth offers bedside medication verification barcode scanning, wireless access for patients and guests, self-service patient kiosks, and mobile PDA devices for medical staff to perform dictation and e-prescribing as well as view clinical results.

The facility is the only Level III Trauma Center in the area. Nationally recognized physicians work at the forefront of research, clinical trials, treatment, and care. The team has the Stroke Honor Roll designation and the ‘Get With The Guidelines’ Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for Heart Failure Treatment from the American Heart and Stroke Association.

CHRISTUS Outpatient Pavilion

The CHRISTUS Outpatient Pavilion (OPP) at St. Elizabeth offers a convenient, coordinated setting for outpatient services. Dedicated departments within the center include imaging, outpatient surgery, laboratory, Mohs surgery center, and pain management as well as wound care and hyperbaric therapy services.  It is also home to the region’s only Joint Commission-certified diabetes education program and the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Spa, a Murad Inclusive Health Center.

The 260,000 center also provides a five-story professional office building (POB) and a six-story garage with free parking for our guests.
Click here to learn more about the services within the OPP.

CHRISTUS Mamie McFaddin-Ward Cancer Center

The CHRISTUS Mamie McFaddin-Ward Cancer Center at St. Elizabeth offers a full range of diagnostic, medical, surgical, chemotherapy and support services for our cancer patients. Because we understand that cancer is both a physical and spiritual challenge, our surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and specially trained staff work as a team to help you in making treatment decisions, understanding the effects of treatment, and coping with side effects. The Cancer Center is the only facility in Jefferson County accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.
Learn more.

CHRISTUS Spine and Orthopedic Specialty Center

Located on the sixth floor of CHRISTUS SOUTHEAST TEXAS St. Elizabeth, the Spine and Orthopedic Specialty Center is dedicated to helping people with neck, back and spine disorders return to a pain-free life.
Click here to learn more about the services at this center.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Bariatric Center

Our hospital and health care professionals offer treatment options, education, lifestyle modification plans, and ongoing aftercare programs to safely and effectively treat obesity.
Click here to visit the bariatric center.

CHRISTUS W.P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center

The hospital complex also includes the CHRISTUS W.P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center, a 68,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center and many medical office buildings.
Click here to access the Wellness Center.

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Jan 242016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry has teamed up with Hendrick MedicalCenter of Abilene, Texas to bring JSA’s On-Demand Telepsychiatry Evaluations to Hendrick Health System patients 24 hours a day … 7 days a week. Hendrick and JSA share similar approaches … as described on the Hendrick Health System website … “Hendrick continues to offer aggressive, innovative and preventive healthcare measures” … terms which we at JSA take to heart daily. JSA is looking forward to working closely with Abilene area providers for aftercare including the Betty Hardwick Center, Abilene Behavioral Health and Oceans Behavioral Hospital.
In 2012, Hendrick completed a community health needs assessment which identified the need for more mental health resources. As part of the implementation plan, Hendrick has committed to ED consultation to provide good psychiatric care, but also to identify ways this population can utilize outpatient treatment more .. and the emergency department less. We at JSA applaud Hendrick’s interest in mental health … and their immense efforts as part of the DSRIP project for their region.
From the Hendrick Health System website:

About Hendrick Health System

For 90 years, the Hendrick name has been the first name in healthcare in Abilene, Texas, and the Texas Midwest. The Hendrick name reigns over a 522-bed medical center, a women’s center, rehabilitation hospital, cancer center and numerous other innovative services.

Hendrick was the first hospital to permanently serve the Texas Midwest when its doors opened in 1924. During the Great Depression, people of the Big Country area rallied behind the hospital to keep the doors open when money was scarce. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hendrick, for whom the institution was named, made a major financial gift to pay off debts and build a new wing to expand the hospital. Through the years it has been the first in the area to offer specialized services, creating departments to fill needs such as physical medicine, nuclear medicine, spiritual care and much more.

Hendrick continues to offer aggressive, innovative treatments and preventive healthcare measures ranging from services such as cancer screenings and pre-natal education courses to electro-physiology procedures and pediatric intensive care. Providing the strength of a complete system of health services available in their own backyards, most of the citizens of Abilene and the 19 counties that surround it look to Hendrick as their first choice for healthcare. In fact, research shows 64 percent of area residents prefer Hendrick for their healthcare needs.

 

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Hendrick is an institution where people can feel a strong sense of belonging – an advanced medical provider the people of the Texas Midwest can call their own. Hendrick Medical Center is one of seven healthcare institutions affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As part of Hendrick Medical Center, the hospital is licensed for 522 beds. About 2,600 staff members create the Hendrick Medical Center team of employees. And people of all ages and races, men and women receive precision care at Hendrick every day, regardless of the way they are able to pay.

There are numerous ways Hendrick is involved in the community, not just from a healthcare perspective, but from the various services Hendrick provides to the community. These services include: Children’s Miracle Network, Plans, First*Choice Membership Club, Hendrick Balance Center, Hendrick Cancer Center, Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation, Vera West Women’s Center, Hendrick Birth Place, Hendrick Health Club, Hendrick Heartsaver Network, Hendrick HouseCalls, Hendrick Medical Center Foundation, Hendrick Professional Pharmacy, Hendrick Radiology Center, Hendrick Regional Laboratory, Hendrick Sleep Disorders Center, Lifeline Emergency Response System, Level III Trauma Center, Meek Blood Center, Hendrick Children’s Hospital, Pastoral Care, Sellers Health Sciences Library, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Volunteer Services and more. Our staff and employees know what it means to give back to our community. Our employees help raise funds and give of their time to Children’s Miracle Network, The United Way of Abilene and many other community organizations.

The mission created 90 years ago continues today, and it will remain so as Hendrick Medical Center moves into the future, striving to deliver high quality healthcare emphasizing excellence and compassion consistent with the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Hendrick Medical Center
1900 Pine St.
Abilene, Texas 79601
325.670.2000

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Jan 242016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry  will shortly be providing emergency telepsychiatry consultations to the United Regional Health Care System of Wichita Falls, Texas. On-demand telepsychiatry consults will be done in the emergency department, medical – surgical floors, and intensive care units. United Regional is pursuing improvements in the evaluation of mental health patients related to its Comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan. JSA Health Telepsychiatry aims to help with mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability evaluations …  early initiation of treatment … and linkage to community based mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities.
JSA will also work closely coordinating with our long standing community mental health partner in the region … the Helen Farabee Center … to assist in rapid treatment and successful transfer to Helen Farabee outpatient and crisis programs.
From the United Regional HealthCare System Website:

About United Regional

United Regional HealthCare System is located in Wichita Falls, Texas and provides comprehensive medical care including inpatient and outpatient services, advanced diagnostics, surgical specialties and life-saving emergency care to a 9-county service area. It has the area’s only Level II Trauma Center and serves as the Primary Stroke Center for the region.

United Regional’s passion is to provide excellence in health care for the communities it serves. To accomplish this passion, the System continues to reinvest in advanced technology, modern facilities, and the recruitment and retention of highly skilled employees and physicians to ensure that the current and future medical needs of the area are met.

United Regional’s commitment to high quality health care is evidenced in the many program certifications and awards it has received. United Regional’s Wound Care Center was the first Texas facility, and only the third independent hospital-based program in the country, to achieve the heralded Wound Management Certification from The Joint Commission. The System’s Joint Replacement Program and Stroke Program have also received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval disease-specific certifications for delivering excellence in patient care and outcomes and exceeding the most stringent quality standards. United Regional’s Bariatric Surgery Program is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The American College of Radiology has named United Regional as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care has awarded accreditation to both our Chest Pain Clinic and Heart Failure Clinic.

United Regional also received national recognition with the 100 Top Hospitals® award given by Truven Health Analytics for two consecutive years. Winners of the award provide the highest quality care in the most efficient manner, maintain top financial stability, and elicit the highest patient perception of care. Performance measures are centered on clinic outcomes, clinical processes, extended patient outcomes, efficiency, financial health, and consumer assessment of care. Hospitals do not apply to win this award or pay to market it – it is an honor achieved solely through the strength of their performance.

In addition to being named one of the country’s top hospitals, United Regional was honored as an Everest Award winner, also for the second year in a row. This means that, in addition to achieving 100 Top Hospitals status for one year, United Regional has also simultaneously set national benchmarks for the fastest, most consistent long-term improvement as measured over the past five years. According to Truven Health Analytics, hospitals that win this elite award are setting the standard for both long-term improvement and top one-year performance. United Regional is one of only 14 hospitals.

In 2009, United Regional expanded its campus with the addition of the Bridwell Tower to enhance community access to diagnostic, surgical services and acute care. Over the last three years, the System has also invested in some of the most advanced technology available today, including the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, an orthopedic surgical navigation system, the OPMI Pentero Neurosurgical Microscope and information technology to enhance communication between health care providers and patients.

In 2013, we expanded the Barnett Road Medical Building to have office space available for physicians we help recruit to our community.  We also added laboratory and radiology services to the building for patient convenience.

United Regional is also committed to continue serving as the “safety net” for the uninsured and underinsured the region, and provided approximately $28 million in charity care in 2013. It also serves the community in educational services, health fairs and screenings and through sponsorship of community organizations’ activities that contribute to the health the community.

• 14,163 admissions

• 74,778 ER visits

• 48,890 outpatient visits/observations

• 9,211 surgeries

• 2,144 births

• Staff

– 2000 employees

– 200 physicians

– 300 volunteers

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Jan 212016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce that the Good Shepherd Health System has chosen JSA Health Telepsychiatry to provide emergency telepsychiatry consults to their system hospital in Longview, Texas. JSA will provide consultation to the emergency department, medical and surgical floors, and ICUs. This project continues JSA Health’s dedication to providing high quality telepsychiatry services to to community hospitals with poor access to psychiatrists. Good Shepherd is a natural partner for JSA … both organizations are progressive and dedicated to the Triple Aim of  improving patient experience of care ( both quality and satisfaction ), improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare.
JSA Health Telepsychiatry has established itself as the premier telepsychiatry company for meeting Hospital based outcome measures including:
  • Improved Discharge Planning
  • Improved Quality of Care
  • Improved Access to Care
  • Improved Patient Education
  • Improved Delivery of Care
  • Improved Efficiency and Throughput
We look forward to assisting Good Shepherd in meeting its Triple Aim goals and improving access to emergency psychiatrists in the Longview, Texas region.

 

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From the Good Shepherd Health System Website:

Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview is a not-for-profit, full service, acute-care, 425-bed regional referral center.  As one of the region’s top Level III Trauma Center and home to the region’s first Level IIIa NICU, it serves a vital role in the health of all the residents it serves. Good Shepherd Medical Center Longview also is:

  • A certified Primary Stroke Center with 24 hour neurosurgery coverage
  • Longview’s only Center for Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • A Breast Center of Excellence
  • An accredited Chest Pain Center with 24/7 Cardiac Cath Lab availability

Good Shepherd has received recognition and accolades from independent rating companies like Healthgrades, CareChex and Texas Medical Foundation for providing high quality outcomes to patients. Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations.

Good Shepherd Medical Center is the area’s preferred hospital with a strong history and reputation for providing high quality, compassionate medical care. A full service, acute-care 425-bed regional referral center, Good Shepherd operates specialty nursing units including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, critical care, obstetrics and pediatrics, where nurses are able to provide specialized care.

 Good Shepherd Medical Center Longview

700 East Marshall Avenue
Longview, Texas 75601
903.315.1800
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Good Shepherd Health System was featured in Modern Healthcare’s article 100 Top Hospitals: 15 Top Health Systems. Thomson Reuter’s selected winners from a total of 321 systems with 2,194 member hospitals and about eight million patient discharges. Good Shepherd Health System was included in the top quintile of small health systems for the Longview and Marshall facilities.

Thomson Reuters selected the winners from a total of 321 systems with 2,194 member hospitals and about 8 million patient discharges. Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

Good Shepherd Health System received this recognition based on several criteria. According to Thomson Reuters’ analysis, ranking health systems, in matchups with their peers, are ahead of the pack in all study comparisons including higher patient satisfaction scores as well as the following performance measures:

  • Better survival rates
  • Fewer patient complications
  • Better long-term outcomes
  • Better adherence to accepted care protocols and patient-safety standards
  • Patients returned home sooner
  • Better hospital experience

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Jan 202016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce that world renowned Houston Methodist Hospital has chosen JSA to assist with Psychiatric Inpatient Admissions at its primary hospital location in the Texas Medical Center. This is a great honor for JSA to be entrusted with the assessment and treatment of Houston Methodist psychiatric patients. Their reputation for providing state of the art psychiatric care is well known and well deserved.

Houston Methodist provides the following psychiatric services:

 

 

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Treatments and Procedures
Mental health disorders are complex and require clinical care tailored to the needs of the patient delivered as part of comprehensive care by a multidisciplinary treatment team:

 

Further information from the Houston Methodist Website:

 

At Houston Methodist, we understand that our patients have a choice in their health care provider. That is why we are dedicated to pioneering research, cutting-edge innovation and medical breakthroughs to advance the future of health.

Best in Texas
Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in 11 specialties by U.S. News & World Report, as well as the number one hospital in Texas and number one in the Houston area.

Desired Place to Work
Honored as one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” 10 years in a row, Houston Methodist prides itself on cultivating an inspired work environment that is reflected in our exceptional patient care.

Leading Medicine Advancement Through Research
The Houston Methodist Research Institute supports a global research collaboration network of multidisciplinary medical teams of surgeons, physicians and researchers, as well as partners working outside of the medical field, to solve the biggest challenges in medicine and translate discoveries into new therapies and treatments.

Continuing a Legacy of Leading Cardiac Medicine
In the 1940s, the legacy of world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey began at Houston Methodist Hospital. His revolutionary contributions to cardiac medicine include performing the first coronary artery bypass surgery in Texas and pioneering groundbreaking surgical innovations that are now standard practice around the world. As one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the country, we carry his legacy forward with innovation, research and education to provide our patients with the same level of advanced care.

Giving Hope to More Transplant Patients
Houston Methodist is focused on providing more treatment options for transplant patients. Our team of leading transplant physicians and surgeons provide hope for patients with even the most complex cases by successfully performing single- and multi-organ transplants with some of the best survival rates in the country.

Chosen Health Care Providers for Pro Athletes
As the team doctors for professional athletes and performers, Houston Methodist provides expert care to those who push their bodies to the limits. This experience we then use to treat everyday athletes with the same elite level of care.

Training Doctors for Today and Tomorrow
The Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE) is one of the largest and most comprehensive education and research facilities in the world. MITIE is the premiere resource for health care professionals seeking to maintain current procedural skills and learn the latest techniques and technologies to integrate into their practices.

Developing the Innovative Cancer Treatments
Houston Methodist provides one of the only clinics in Texas dedicated to treating patients with triple negative breast cancer, the most deadly form of the disease, giving triple negative breast cancer patients not just a personalized treatment plan, but the hope for recovery.

Using the Latest Surgical Technology
Doctors at Houston Methodist have access to state-of-the-art technologies to better prepare and execute surgeries. Using three-, four- and five-dimensional imaging, we can plan a patient’s intricate procedure before surgery, while real time computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) allow us to navigate their body with unprecedented accuracy during surgery. This means less risk for patients, faster healing and a better outcome.

Pioneering the Future of Neurological Care
Houston Methodist offers unparalleled care for neurological disorders with a legacy of leadership in the field. As one of the top clinical programs in the country, we have pioneered surgeries for previously inoperable spinal conditions and received national awards for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research that is working toward giving our patients more time.

Finding Less Invasive Solutions for Gastrointestinal Patients
Gastrointestinal surgeons at Houston Methodist perform the latest, minimally invasive techniques to solve post-surgical leaks in the intestinal tract, providing better care for our patients through fewer surgeries.

Patient Stories
Over the last nine decades, Houston Methodist has successfully treated countless patients from across the Greater Houston area. Click here to see some of their stories.

Clinical Trials
Patients of Houston Methodist have access some of the most advanced clinical trials for treatment of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other conditions. Learn more about our clinical trials.

Houston Methodist in the News
Houston Methodist’s commitment to leading medicine has captured the attention of local, national and international news sources. Click here to see our latest news features

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Jan 052016
 
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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the official opening of the Santa Barbara County Crisis Stabilization Unit in Santa Barbara, California. JSA consultants have helped with all aspects of financing, design and implementation of the CSU going back to April of 2014. At that time, JSA Health Vice-President Dr. Scott Zeller helped Santa Barbara County to obtain a grant to improve crisis services for the county. Over the past 16 months, JSA has helped with the design of the CSU physical plant, assisted in the creation of clinical programming and development of policies and procedures, and provided final training on-site to newly hired CSU personnel.
Beginning today, JSA Health telepsychiatrists will be providing on-demand psychiatric assessments and rounds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week … for the new CSU. When Santa Barbara County officials went looking for the expertise in providing on-demand emergency telepsychiatry, they turned to JSA as experts in the field.
Pictures of the new facility:

 

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From the Noozhawk News of Santa Barbara:

New Crisis Stabilization Unit Aims to be Early Intervention for Santa Barbara County Mental Health

Facility adds another eight temporary housing beds for people with mental health issues that don’t rise to the level of hospitalization

Sheriff Bill Brown, Dr. Leslie Lundt, Laura Zeitz, Supervisors Salud Carbajal and Janet Wolf, ADMHS Director Alice Gleghorn, Supervisor Steve Lavagnino and Mary O’Gorman cut the ribbon outside the Crisis Stabilization Unit on Wednesday, which is located on that county’s campus at 305 Camino Del Remedio.

Sheriff Bill Brown, Dr. Leslie Lundt, Laura Zeitz, Supervisors Salud Carbajal and Janet Wolf, ADMHS Director Alice Gleghorn, Supervisor Steve Lavagnino and Mary O’Gorman cut the ribbon outside the Crisis Stabilization Unit on Wednesday, which is located on that county’s campus at 305 Camino Del Remedio. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

Sometimes challenges yield creative solutions, and the opening of the Santa Barbara County’s new Crisis Stabilization Unit, a sort of “urgent care” for people in mental-health crisis, presented an example on Wednesday.

After the county won two important state grants last year, amounting to $2.7 million from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority, officials were faced with the challenge of using the money to create two facilities and a program expansion for people in mental-health crisis.

The system is designed to intervene with people earlier, to prevent them from getting to the mental-health-crisis stage where they end up in a local emergency room or another restrictive setting.

Still, constructing a new building was out of the question financially, so department officials, including psychiatric nurse Laura Zeitz, started thinking about alternatives.

It turns out the solution to the problem sat a stone’s throw away from the county’s existing psychiatric health facility at 315 Camino Del Remedio.

It was a underused building that contained some of the county’s IT department, and was filled with stacked computers and the like, Zeitz said.

Now, the 6,000-square-foot building, located at 305 Camino Del Remedio, has been transformed into a welcoming environment for people in mental-health crisis to spend some time and regain their footing.

Not everyone in mental-health crisis needs to be hospitalized or involuntarily taken to the county’s psychiatric health facility.

“It gives us another option,” Zeitz said Wednesday during the facility’s ribbon cutting and dedication.

Most of the patients who show up at the CSU will be referred through one of the county’s mobile crisis teams. The unit will be staffed with one psychiatric nurse for every four patients, as well as social workers and peer specialists.

Those are people who have lived through mental illness and can share their experiences with those at the unit, said Alice Gleghorn, head of the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services Department.

“They are people who have walked in those shoes and have achieved recovery,” she said.

 

A corner of the new Crisis Stabilization Unit has chairs that fold into beds for people staying at the center temporarily.Click to view larger

Supervisor Janet Wolf, whose district includes the new unit, said the dedication of the new facility was an “extraordinary moment for the county.”The opening of the crisis-stabilization unit is an important milestone in the county’s effort to address gaps in mental-health care.Just across Highway 101 from the county campus is another new residential unit with eight residential treatment beds.

That project, called La Morada Peer Respite House, opened in July with eight beds to house adults with mental-health challenges who do not require hospitalization. They may stay at the facility for up to 30 days.

Wolf said that the new crisis-stabilization unit on the county’s campus meets long-time, formerly unmet needs of people who are suffering in the community. Gleghorn said that the new facility provides a less-restrictive alternative to hospitalization “Its supposed to be warm and home-like,” she said. “It’s meant to be a place where people can be and get well.”

A crisis stabilization unit is also being explored in the North County, and Gleghorn said she would be presenting information to the Santa Maria Planning Commission about some of the options. No single location has been chosen yet for that facility.

Dr. Leslie Lundt, medical director of the county’s psychiatric health facility, said that she and her staff see people in mental-health crisis all the time, “but not all of them need to be in the hospital.”

Having a place where people can calm down and be connected to other county services fills a great need for the community, she said.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at lcooper@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is proud to have been asked to assist the Harris County Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department … formerly known as the Harris County Adult Probation Department. JSA Health telepsychiatrists will be providing services to two residential facilities in Humble, Texas. JSA will provide psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment to those residents with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

In our previous blog post, we covered the first residential facility … Women Helping Ourselves. The second facility is Young Men About Change (YMAC) Program … a 192 bed Intermittent Sanction Facility (ISF) designed to provide Criminal Courts of Harris County with a residential program and aftercare support program for moderate to high risk young adult male offenders in need of a structured residential setting to focus on changing criminal thinking and behavior.

All clients participate in modified therapeutic programming, physical fitness activities, ROPS challenge courses, adult education, and employment preparation training. JSA Health telepsychiatrists will be providing mental health assessment , diagnosis and treatment.

Target Population:

  • Young adult male offenders, 17-25 year old and/or juvenile offenders 15-16 years old that have been certified as adults.
  • Clients with moderate to high risk that would not usually be considered for community supervision or that would be considered for incarceration as a result of revocationfor violations of conditions of Community Supervision.
  • Clients assessed to have no identifiable substance abuse issues up to moderate levels.
  • Clients with either felony or misdemeanor offenses are eligible. Misdemeanors must be assessed as high risk/needs and can comprise up to a maximum of 20% of the total program participants.
  • Sex offenders are not eligible.

Program objectives:

  • Education – GED where needed
  • Opportunity to change negative attitudes and behaviors
  • Assume responsibility for own thoughts and behaviors
  • Develop skills to succeed in a non-structured community setting

 

From the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department:

What is the Difference between “community supervision” and “probation?”
The name “Adult Probation Department” was changed for all departments in the state of Texas to “Community Supervision and Corrections Department.” The State Legislature also changed the terms “probation” and “Probation Officer” to “community supervision” and “Community Supervision Officer”.

 

What is the difference between “community supervision” and “parole?”
Parole is a period of supervision following release from prison. Community Supervision is an alternative to a prison term. An individual who has been adjudicated by the court for a criminal offense can have the sentence set aside within guidelines, and placed on “community Supervision.”

 

What happens to people placed on “Community Supervision?”
The sentencing court will order numerous programs and stipulations to which the individual must complete and adhere. They will be required to meet with their Community Supervision Officer regularly. The number of contacts is determined by the level of supervision or is set by the court. Most individuals are required to submit to urinalysis testing to ensure that the offender is not abusing drugs. The stipulations and programs can include treatment for substance abuse or programs for specific offenses like assault, domestic violence or theft.

 

Is community supervision effective and what does it cost?
Community Supervision is much more cost effective than a prison sentence or jail term both in monetary cost and in non monetary cost to the community. It allows for offenders to work and care for their families and pay taxes. It also enables them to access resources to help rehabilitate them and lead a productive life. Community based corrections have the greatest impact in reducing crime and effective rehabilitation.

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.
Dec 062015
 
Psychiatric News Alert
The Voice of the American Psychiatric Association and the Psychiatric Community

Study Points to Risk Factors That May Predict Suicidal Behavior Within 12 Months of ED Visit

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Prior self-injury and alcohol abuse are among the variables identified as predictive of suicidal behavior 12 months after an initial positive screen for suicide risk in the emergency department (ED), according to a reportpublished this week in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

Researchers from several institutions, who presented the findings at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Chicago last year, analyzed data from the Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE). The latter was an eight-center study designed to test an approach to universal screening for suicide risk and post-visit telephone intervention among ED patients.

At baseline, 577 out of 874 participants (66%) had suicidal ideation only, whereas 297 (34%) had a suicide attempt in the past week. In the 12 months after the index ED visit, 195 (25%) had documentation of having attempted or died by suicide.

The researchers found that participants were more likely to have suicidal behavior if, at the index ED visit, they reported that their highest level of education was high school completion or less, were unemployed, had a history of chronic health conditions, had a history of depression, had an ED visit within the past six months, or had a high suicidal ideation severity score on the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale. In addition, individuals reporting at least one past suicide attempt, a history of non-suicidal self-injury, or indicating suicidal ideation with intent or intent with a plan were significantly more likely than others to engage in future suicidal behavior.

Greg Simon, M.D. (pictured above), a psychiatrist and senior investigator at the Group Health Research Institute (who is also on the editorial board of Psychiatric Services), told Psychiatric News the new data confirm that people who seek care for suicidal ideation are at high risk for suicide attempt over the next year. “Suicidal ideation reflects an enduring vulnerability—rather than just a short-term crisis,” he said.

For related information, see the Psychiatric News article “Clinicians’ Language in Notes May Show Signs of Patients at Risk for Suicide.”

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the opening of the second of two Mental Health Emergency Centers (MHEC)  designed for Camino Real Community Services – in Lytle, Texas.  JSA was part of the development process from the beginning, helping to develop both the clinical programming and the actual blueprint design of the building with our partner architects Philo/Wilke. And of course … JSA’s fantastic group of emergency telepsychiatrists will be providing psychiatric evaluations, follow-ups and rounds … 24 hours a day … 7 days a week.
Here is a video showing opening ceremonies and the inside of this wonderful MHEC:

JSA will now provide the telepsychiatry services – on demand and 24/7 – that will make this center a key component of Camino Real’s crisis response system.

From the Eagle Pass Business Journal upon the opening of the first Camino Real MHEC in May of 2015 – the same principles and services apply to the new MHEC in Lytle, Texas:

 

Camino Real Crisis Center offers Mental Health Emergency Services

By: Jose G. Landa, Copyright 2015, Eagle Pass Business Journal, Inc.

The first of two Camino Real Crisis Centers opened its doors on Friday, May 15, 2015, offering professional mental health services to Maverick County and Middle Rio Grande residents including a 14 bed in-house treatment center for patients.

The Camino Real Crisis Center is operated by the Camino Real Community Services, a Texas Non-Profit corporation, which provides comprehensive services to persons with psychiatric needs, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and infants and children with developmental delays and disabilities. Camino Real Community Services serves a nine-county area including Maverick, Zavala, Dimmit, Frio, La Salle, Atascosa, McMullen, Wilson, and Karnes.

The opening of the Camino Real Crisis Center is important because Maverick County and surrounding communities will now have a permanent facility with overnight and extended stay treatment of adult mental health crisis patients.

According to Camino Real Community Services, there are currently close to 800 persons of all ages receiving some type of mental health or ailment treatment in Maverick County. There   are many more persons afflicted with one type of mental health disability which are not receiving professional mental health treatment in Maverick County.

Mental illness is characterized by a temporary or persistent inability to cope effectively with life’s changes. Individuals with mental illness often experience difficulties coping in our complex society and are overwhelmed by everyday activities and stresses. With treatment, many people with mental illness can enjoy a productive, livable life in society.

On Friday, May 19, 2015, Camino Real Community Services and local public officials and civic leaders attended the official grand opening ceremony of the newly opened Camino Real Crisis Center which will provide a 24 hours/7 days a week mental health crisis center in Eagle Pass. Following the grand opening, an Open House was held to demonstrate the mental health services available and facility tour at the newly opened Camino Real Crisis Center.

Among local dignitaries attending the Camino Real Crisis Center grand opening included Maverick County Judge David R. Saucedo, Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu, Maverick County Commissioner Roberto Ruiz, and others.

In an exclusive interview with the Eagle Pass Business Journal, Camino Real Community Services Executive Director Emma Garcia stated that the new mental health services being offered on a 24 hours/7 days a week at the Camino Real Crisis Center are extremely important because there is a great demand and need in Maverick County and surrounding counties for an in-patient mental health crisis center. Garcia noted that prior to the Camino Real Crisis Center opening in Eagle Pass, Maverick County mental health patients required they receive professional mental health services at out of town facilities such as in San Antonio and elsewhere.

“We provide a wide array of services and get funded through areas of the State Department Health Services, Department of Aging and Disabilities (DAD) is responsible for the intellectual and developmental disabilities, Department of Assistance and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) .Today we are adding to that array of services with the opening of the crisis center. We have out- patient based services where we bring in psychiatric resources, either through bringing in the physician coming out here or through tele medicine. We use a lot of tele medicine because the shortage of this resource,” said Emma Garcia.

“A person is not just going to get better by seeing a doctor. It needs to be supported with additional services. We have case managers, counselors nurses, and we have staff that is trained to assure that the person is taking the medication as prescribed by the doctor and are also working on skills development so they can understand their symptoms and start understanding when they are not feeling well so they can self- manage their life long illness,” added Garcia.

Garcia stated that through the new Camino Real Crisis Center residential unit they will be offering and assisting the mental health population with a 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1-800-543-5750.

“When a person goes into psychiatric crisis, this place will be available for assistance of assessments, determining if this person is in need of help and provide in patient type of support, nursing , counseling and re- education so they can go back to their lives in the community,” said Garcia.

Garcia noted that persons who will be assisted at the new Camino Real Crisis Center will do so on a voluntary basis and can stay there for treatment from 3 to 14 days.

“Before we didn’t have the facility and people had to be taken or travel to the San Antonio or Laredo areas where there is in-patient capacity. This has been so greatly needed in the community. Some of our border towns, some of our remote areas do not have access to the same level of services as our urban counterparts. This is our effort to assure that here locally, people can get the service,” said Garcia.

“It’s a very scary situation for the person who is experiencing the mental health crisis. They’re vulnerable, they’re scared and then we whisk them away to a location 2 hours away from their families and this is that alternative, now there are some cases that we can’t manage here, when a person is violent, aggressive, a situation when a person has just been off their medication for too long and are at risk of harming themselves or harming another person, those persons will still be taken to an in-patient psychiatric facility. We are not a hospital. We are a crisis residential center,” added Garcia.

Garcia also stated that the facility will be available to the nine county areas served by Camino Real Community Services. “If there is a need and we have the capacity, we will make it available. We are at this time designed to service the Maverick, Dimmit and Zavala areas,” said Garcia.

“I think it is going to be a great addition to the full array of services that we already have and provide to our communities,” added Garcia.

Camino Real Crisis Center Director Rosalinda Medrano stated that the designed area will have a capacity for 18 persons with mental health issues such as Bi-Polar, Schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. The new Camino Real Crisis Center residential in-patient services will be for persons of ages of 18 years and older.

Maverick County Commissioner Roberto Ruiz, who is a Board of Director of the nine-county wide Camino Real Community Services, stated that “These services have been much needed for a long time and now it’s a reality. I am grateful for this organization and all those who have participated to make it a reality. It is a true honor to be part of this organization as a board member and will continue to do so to continue serving our residents.”

All persons with mental health disabilities and their family members are encouraged to contact the Camino Real Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 1-800-543-5750 if they have any crisis or need counseling on how to handle a crisis. The Hotline is open 24 hours/7 days a week throughout the year.

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.
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JSA Health Telepsychiatry CEO … Dr. Avrim Fishkind … will be part of a select group of “game changers” presenting in Houston, Texas on November 10th, 2015. Focusing on treating patients where they live, work, and play … Dr. Fishkind will discuss JSA’s unique use of telepsychiatry in emergency departments, free standing mental health emergency centers (MHEC), and anywhere using iPads and telemedicine apps.

From PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — New trends in healthcare are developing that will impact the medical profession and consumers, ranging from a national retailer that is putting doctor offices in its Texas stores to wearable devices that have the potential to leverage healthcare services.

The American Marketing Association (AMA) Houston’s Vision 2020 Series Symposium will examine four emerging healthcare strategies on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Trevisio, Texas Medical Center from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Space is limited, reserve your seat today.

EMR/EHR and ICD-10 implementations were just the warm-up game. New technology and customer innovation is going to change healthcare faster than ever before. Are you ready?

Meet the Game Changers moving healthcare away from Traditional Care Settings to where customers live, work and play; at shopping centers, at home and the office, on smartphones, on the wrist and everywhere in-between. We call it Healthcare on the Go.

Managing Director of KPMG’s Healthcare Consulting Practice, Rob Addison, will lead off the conference. Commenting on the symposium, Addison said, “New technology and innovative thought leaders are changing the healthcare industry faster than ever before. As a result we are already seeing brand new business models and delivery mechanisms that are changing how consumers purchase and receive healthcare, and this rate of fundamental change will continue to increase between now and 2020.”

The topics include:

  • Customer Proximity Marketing: Learn how healthcare systems are breaking ground between now and 2020 to get closer to their customers and which national retailer will put doctor offices in their Texas stores in 2016.
  • Community/Membership Models: Learn how market leaders are building communities that center around a healthcare focus and meet the team reducing the rate of EMT transports to the emergency room from 80 percent to under 20 percent. Telepsychiatry interventions that prevent mental health care patients from unnecessarily being transported to medical emergency departments, jails, and inpatient psychiatric facilities.
  • Technology Revolution Forecast: Learn how telemedicine, connected apps and BYOD wearables have the potential to leverage several key healthcare service lines and which startups have the potential to be the UBER for healthcare.
  • Wellness and Beauty Gateway: Learn how market leaders in wellness and beauty marketing are connecting with customers and changing how consumers shop for these services.

Janice Lamy, CHI St. Luke’s Health Texas Division Vice President of Marketing and Communications, will moderate the program.

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“Healthcare is literally moving from traditional care settings to where customers live, work and shop,” she said. “We have to consider the implications for this new world we call ‘Healthcare on the Go’ ― what’s it going to look like for our patients in just a few short years from now.”

Panelists will include:

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Rhonda Sandel, chief executive officer, Texas Emergency Care Centers
Dr. Chris Farris, PhD., chief marketing officer, 2nd.MD
Dr. Michael Gonzales, M.D., executive director, The ETHAN Project
Dr. Avrim Fishkind, M.D., chief executive officer, JSA Health
Marla Fielder, PharmD, R.Ph. The Kroger Co.
Dr. Shelena C. Lalji, M.D., founder, Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa
Nick Bonvino, chief executive officer of Greater Houston Healthconnect

Trevisio Restaurant and Conference Center is located on the 6th floor of the Texas Medical Center, 6550 Bertner St. Houston, Tx., 77030. Doors open at noon. Web link: http://amahouston.org/event/38-healthcare-on-the-go-meet-the-game-changers, and registration information: http://www.cvent.com/events/healthcare-on-the-go-meet-the-game-changers/event-summary-0abc78f159c94fb58da0867a3bd58121.aspx

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.