Integrated Care refers to the systematic coordination of general, behavioral and mental health care with the goal of improving clinical outcomes and patient experience and reducing costs. Currently there are few integrated care services available in the Upstate, but by increasing the types of these services and their availability to primary care practices in the community we can improve access to mental health services as well as empower primary care providers to better address mental health services in patients’ medical home.
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live. The ECHO model™ does not actually provide care to patients. It does this by engaging clinicians in a continuous learning system and partnering them with specialist mentors at an academic medical center or hub.
Prisma Health–Upstate offers 24/7 psychiatric care in the Prisma Health–Upstate Emergency Department. A comprehensive team of psychiatrists, emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers and behavioral health technicians provide medical and psychiatric stabilization as well as assisting patients with transitions to higher levels of care when needed.
In addition to in-person psychiatric services available in the emergency department, we provide telepsychiatry services to our satellite emergency departments including Oconee Memorial Hospital, Laurens County Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Greer Memorial Hospital and Baptist Easley Hospital to increase access for our patients.