UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital® and Hillcrest Family Services are working together to address behavioral health needs for the tri-state community. Hillcrest Family Services has hired Megan Sutton, MS.Ed, LPC, as a full-time therapist to work in each of the four UnityPoint Clinic primary care locations in Peosta, Cascade, and Dubuque (family medicine and women’s health).
UnityPoint Clinic is on the path to become a patient-centered medical home. A patient-centered medical home is a care model that has a team of health professionals addressing all of the unique health care needs of an individual. All care, including behavioral health, is then coordinated through a primary care provider.
Another benefit to the patient-centered medical home model is the strengthened patient-provider relationship. The relationship between the two is based on meeting health goals. In many cases, a primary care provider recognizes the need for behavioral health counseling. Now those visits are coordinated in the clinic with the provider, mental health counselor and patient setting goals together.
This model brings care to the patient versus the patient needing to visit a variety of clinics to receive mental health and medical care. Mental health counseling can cover anything from anxiety, stress, phobias, depression, ADHD, and more.