AltaPointe Health has been in business for six decades. I am fortunate to have been its CEO for the past 20 years. At AltaPointe, we understand how important it is to be involved in the community and with other providers. Through our alliances with other behavioral and primary healthcare entities, we believe that close collaboration will improve the quality of life that our patients so deserve.
We have strong relationships with most the hospitals in our southern three-county region including University of South Alabama Medical Center, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Springhill Medical Center, Thomas Hospital, Washington County Hospital, Providence Hospital, and South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. We look forward to forging new relationships with hospitals in our northern region in the same way.
AltaPointe’s continuum of care often begins in one of these acute care hospitals. When patients are admitted with behavioral healthcare needs, we support the hospitals through ConsultPointe, our psychiatric consultation service. To improve response time and lower cost to the hospitals, we will be introducing a telepsychiatry platform soon that employs the latest in state of the art technology.
AltaPointe recognizes the impact of medical conditions on psychiatric and mental health disorders and encourages patients to seek a primary care physician to attend to their physical health. In this regard, we’ve partnered with Franklin Primary Health Center where we enjoy the opportunity to insert our clinical staff among its primary care team to better coordinate care delivery. Our corporate mission to deliver the best possible care also led us to launch Accordia Health, AltaPointe’s new division of primary care, which allows us to integrate primary and behavioral healthcare, increasing patient satisfaction and improving their overall health.
As we continue to address the healthcare needs in our northern region, we have met with local chambers of commerce and the hospitals in Clay, Coosa, Randolph and Talladega counties to strengthen relationships and take the pulse of community healthcare needs. Our strong partnerships have led to impressive growth in the four-county region of east-central Alabama, where in 2016 we merged with the former Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center. In fact, the number of people served in that region has almost doubled since we joined forces with CRMHC, and we anticipate that this trend will continue as we develop more programs and services to meet the community’s needs.
AltaPointe is on the front lines of the move toward “whole person health.” By cultivating relationships and working alongside our community partners, we bolster our commitment to care for patients’ mental and primary health needs.
Tuerk Schlesinger, CEO