UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital Offers Behavioral Health Services
UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital is adding additional behavioral health services to address the needs of the Tri-State community. Betty Brimeyer, MSN, FNP, PMHNP, will begin seeing patients at UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health located inside UnityPoint Clinic Women’s Health on Pennsylvania Avenue. Brimeyer will begin seeing patients at UnityPoint Clinic starting in January.
The announcement comes shortly after Summit Outpatient Center, managed by Horizon’s Behavioral Health, decided to no longer provide behavioral health services at their center. Rather, they will partner with Finley to provide psychiatric nurse practitioner services at UnityPoint Clinic. Since Finley and Horizons Behavioral Health have always held a close working relationship, the transition is a great opportunity to keep behavioral health services in the community.
Earlier this year, Finley and Hillcrest Family Services joined forces to embed behavioral health into all of the UnityPoint Clinic primary care locations. Megan Sutton, MS Ed, LPC is a Hillcrest therapist, hired full-time to see UnityPoint Clinic patients. Sutton will continue to counsel patients as she has been doing. Brimeyer will provide prescription management services in addition to counseling.
Embedding behavioral and physical health is part of UnityPoint Clinic’s goal to transition to 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.
We know there is a need for behavioral health services in our community,” said David Brandon. “Between our partnership with Hillcrest and now UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health, our clinics offer routine health care such as annual visits, manage chronic illnesses such as COPD, and treat acute illnesses like strep throat. And most recently, our behavioral health services include counseling and prescription management services for patients seeking help.