AltaPointe Health is “ahead of the game” when it comes to embracing a “patient-centric, integrated care model” to serve its consumers in seven Alabama counties, according to the guest speaker at AltaPointe’s annual meeting.
John M. Sheehan, president and CEO of Harbor Behavioral Health in Toledo, Ohio, told guests that AltaPointe’s leadership team is wisely partnering with other agencies and organizations to expand its services to meet future challenges.
“You’re ahead of the game, I think,” Sheehan said. “You have all of the components. Organizations that understand and embrace change are the organizations that are going to be successful.” After his introduction, Sheehan joked that “Harbor aspires to be AltaPointe when we grow up,” but then added more seriously, “AltaPointe is an incredible organization.”
Also at the annual meeting, AltaPointe CEO Tuerk Schlesinger presented an overview of 2017, calling it a year of progress and crediting AltaPointe’s leadership team, support from its board of directors and the commitment of its staff members for the organization’s growth.
The year’s highlights included continued growth of AltaPointe’s northern service region after the 2016 merger with former Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center. Schlesinger noted that since the merger, the number of consumers served in those four counties has nearly doubled and AltaPointe is now providing school-based therapy to children in several of the region’s school systems.
2017 also meant growth for AltaPointe’s in-house Integrated Healthcare Pharmacy. It is filling more than 7,000 prescriptions each month. AltaPointe launched Accordia Health, behaviorally-led primary care integration, in the fall of 2017. The hope is by integrating a full-scale pharmacy and primary care into behavioral healthcare it will improve patient outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and drive down healthcare costs.
Telehealth capabilities expanded in 2017. Schlesinger pointed out, clinicians can communicate with patients wherever they live. Schlesinger added, ten AltaPointe locations offer telehealth, and clinicians provided nearly 7,000 telehealth services in FY 2017.
Other highlights of 2017, he said, were AltaPointe’s continuing relationship with the University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, a substantial increase in the number of calls to CarePointe, AltaPointe’s access-to-care department, and the stabilization and growth of BayView Professional Associates.
Before the meeting drew to a close, guest speaker Sheehan reminded annual meeting guests that nearly a quarter of American adults have a “diagnosable mental health issue.” That fact, he said, is what drives Harbor Behavioral Health to focus on “building a patient-first ecosystem,” which is what AltaPointe strives to accomplish. “Organizations that aren’t like Harbor and aren’t like AltaPointe aren’t going to make it,” Sheehan predicted.