Published on March 02, 2017

Parkview Medical Center, Health Solutions join forces to expand care to Pueblo

Who: Parkview Medical Center and Health Solutions              

What: Health Solutions opens Crisis Service Center on Parkview Campus   

Where: First floor of Parkview’s North Annex, 400 W. 17th St.

(Pueblo, CO) –  Parkview Medical Center and Health Solutions of Pueblo are proud to announce a new partnership that will expand needed health care services to the community.

Health Solutions has opened a Crisis Services intake and assessment office in the first floor of Parkview Medical Center’s North Annex, 400 W 17th St.

Doing so allows Health Solutions, which is contracted by the state to provide behavioral health services to Medicaid and impoverished populations in Pueblo, to have an additional location for Puebloans who are experiencing serious behavioral health symptoms to access assistance, support and a professional evaluation.

Crisis Services is designed around a “living room” model, which is intended to put guests of Health Solutions at ease, giving them a safe place to collect their thoughts or talk to someone about their issues and concerns.

Between July 2016 and January, Health Solutions has seen nearly 1,700 people through the doors of its Crisis Service center in Belmont.

The new office at Parkview Medical Center will be staffed with five professional behavioral health clinicians and five peer specialists. Peer specialists are individuals who have experienced behavioral health or substance abuse issues or have helped a family member or friend with these types of conditions.

If the need requires more than a brief intervention at the Crisis Services office, individuals can be evaluated for admission to a higher level of care within the hospital or elsewhere in the community.

“This partnership with Parkview Medical Center allows Health Solutions to operate a second Crisis Services location at a central site in Pueblo and gives us the opportunity to collaborate with Parkview and expand our  services to those in need,” said Dr. Dorothy Perry, Chief Executive Officer of Health Solutions. 

This collaboration will also help alleviate the pressure on Parkview’s Emergency Department.

Walk-ins at Health Solutions’ Crisis Services center are welcome and allow patients a chance to bypass the emergency room completely if the services they need are not medical.

Having Health Solutions evaluators on site at Parkview will expedite the process of getting those patients who do present at the Emergency Room admitted for the necessary and appropriate treatment they need.

Health Solutions’ presence at Parkview also allows hospital staff members to spend more time with patients on medical floors who have co-occurring medical and behavioral health conditions, which improves the quality of care provided to those patients.

“Having Health Solutions on our campus creates another vital point of entry for those in need of behavioral health services,” said Carl Swithers, vice president of Ancillary Operations at Parkview Medical Center. “We view our cooperative efforts on this front as a significant win for Southern Colorado.”

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.