SwedishAmerican Health System, Aunt Martha’s Launches Hospital-based,
Integrated Care Partnership
Collaboration aims to address gap between access and availability of primary care, mental health services, and obstetrics care
Rockford, IL – August 2, 2017: Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, one of Illinois’ largest community health centers and most experienced providers of integrated mental health and primary care services, opened its on-site health center at SwedishAmerican Hospital on Tuesday, August 1. The opening comes six months after the two organizations announced their intent to partner, a move which required federal approval from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
“SwedishAmerican is extremely excited to partner with Aunt Martha’s and deliver high quality healthcare services to members of our community who perhaps needs it the most,” says SwedishAmerican President & CEO Dr. Michael Born.
“Too many of our residents, particularly those who are underserved and uninsured, now can gain access to better designed medical care. They will be set-up with a provider, having access to a medical home, rather than relying upon the emergency department for primary care.”
The new clinic, located in nearly 4,500 sq. ft. of newly renovated space on the Hospital’s third floor, will offer primary care services when it opens this week. Women’s health services (obstetrics and gynecology), and mental health services (via telepsychiatry), are scheduled to begin in November. Insurance enrollment assistance will also be available.
Aunt Martha’s clinic staff and care coordination team will work closely with SwedishAmerican’s emergency department (ED) to ensure that patients who do not have a primary care physician receive appropriate follow-up care in a medical home setting.
“We’re excited to offer patients in this community the option of choosing a medical home that’s located right here at SwedishAmerican Hospital, a place that’s trusted, familiar and easy for people to access,” says Raul Garza, Aunt Martha’s President & CEO.
“This partnership, between Aunt Martha’s and SwedishAmerican, and others that will evolve from it, represent the future of health care. This is a model that breaks down silos and takes a coordinated approach to meeting community needs.”
Aunt Martha’s clinic is located in Suite 3000 on the Hospital’s 3rd floor. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month.
The public is invited to attend an open house on Friday, August 18 at 11 AM. A short program, ribbon cutting and light refreshments will be provided.
To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about Aunt Martha’s, call (877) 692-8686 or visit www.auntmarthas.org/rockford.
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.