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SwedishAmerican and Rosecrance Health Network partner

February 1, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Rosecrance Health Network and SwedishAmerican Health System have announced a new partnership that strives to improve the continuum of mental health care services in northern Illinois. The partnership involves improvements in the delivery of both inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient behavioral health services.

Under an agreement approved by both organizations’ boards of directors, Rosecrance will manage SwedishAmerican Hospital’s mental health unit. In this new model, SwedishAmerican will continue with its focus on inpatient psychiatric services. Nurses providing direct patient care will continue to be employed by the hospital, while the unit's psychiatrists and therapists will become Rosecrance employees. Management of the unit will be provided by a director who is employed by Rosecrance, but reports to SwedishAmerican's vice president of nursing.

In addition, Rosecrance has purchased SwedishAmerican’s outpatient behavioral health clinic. On March 1, the clinic will close and its services will be integrated with existing Rosecrance operations through its affiliate, Aspen Counseling & Consulting.

Outpatient appointments will continue seamlessly; no interruption of service is expected. To accommodate the growth at Aspen, Rosecrance will announce a new location for outpatient services in the near future.

“The goal is to connect the dots between the acute care system and community-based services, creating a seamless transition between levels of care within the same network,” Rosecrance President and CEO Philip W. Eaton said. “Every step of the way patients will be interacting with a unified team of clinical professionals who coordinate care under the same management system.”