Psychiatry & Behavioral Health program brings national honors

Amanda FloecknerPress Release

Two organizations recognize Island Hospital for innovative, collaborative approaches to providing mental-health services in challenging times.

Charitable Service Award – Jackson Healthcare

Island Hospital received national honors as one of 10 programs to be awarded $10,000 by Jackson Healthcare for impacting underserved communities. Along with adult services, the award recognized the program for Anacortes School District students that started in 2013 after a community health needs assessment showed a significant need for mental-health and substance-abuse intervention services. The IHF has supported the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health program at Island Hospital since it opened in 2010 through fundraising activities and donor support.

Jackson recognized 10 hospital-outreach programs for “innovative approaches to impacting lives in local communities around the nation,” according to its website. The winning programs each received unrestricted funds through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare. Each program had to demonstrate excellence in community impact, innovation, collaboration, leading practices and replicability.

Specifically, Jackson noted that the Island Hospital program “takes on the challenge of overcoming Washington’s barriers to mental health access through an outpatient clinic – the first public hospital-sponsored clinic of its kind in the state.”

Healthcare Achievement Award – Intalere

The Psychiatry & Behavioral Health program at Island Hospital has been recognized for community impact and innovation by Intalere, which was formerly named Amerinet. The eighth annual Healthcare Achievement Awards recognized 13 U.S. hospitals – across four categories – for “successful initiatives providers implement to enhance quality and education.”

Each winning facility will be recognized at the 2016 Intalere member conference which will be held May 17-20 in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to being honored at an awards dinner, the winning projects will be highlighted in a professional banner session, video features and a best practices compendium.

Island Hospital was selected under the Community Impact and/or Innovation category, one of four earning this recognition. Other categories include Financial and Operational Improvement, Quality/Patient Care Delivery and/or Patient Satisfaction and Supply Chain/Data Management or Supply Cost Efficiencies.

“We are very proud of our Psychiatry & Behavioral Health program,” said Elise Cutter, Island Hospital chief financial officer. “The staff works very hard to provide high-quality care for our community when access to mental-health services can be very restrictive.”

Intalere provides supplies, technology, process improvement and more for the health-care industry.