Edgewater Launches ‘Integrated Model’ with Primary Care Offices

222On the heels of launching Indiana’s first Rapid Access Center for behavioral health and Edgewater South Shore Commons for supportive housing, Edgewater Systems announced an innovative “integrated model” for patients by acquiring primary care offices in Gary and Griffith, said Danita Johnson Hughes (right), Ph.D., President and CEO. At a ribbon-cutting at the Gary office at Edgewater Primary Care offices at 3535 Broadway, Dr. Hughes joined with Okechi N. Nwabara (left), M.D., internist, to announce a new era for Edgewater Systems through these offices that provide total health to patients.  In an interview with The Times on Nov. 30th, Dr. Hughes said, “The national trend is that insurers and the federal govern- ment are looking toward an integrated model, where people can be treated for all kinds of illnesses…not just mental health.” In remarks to a standing room group of community leaders that included Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary) who has long advocated comprehensive health care for Indiana residents, Dr. Nwabara said, “One out of 5 patients in a primary care setting has behavioral issues that affect their health and wellbeing.” Typically, primary care offices refer patients to behavioral specialists; however, these patients often fail to follow up for care. The innovation is providing a sort of “one stop approach” in which these patients have immediate access to behavioral specialists on location.  “This will help put patients on the road to wellness,” she added.

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