Destination Swedish 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Luncheon Chairs
Anita Braker & Dave Olsen

Creating safer, healthier communities by
reducing the barriers to mental health treatment

An estimated 43.7 million adults in the United States suffered from a mental illness in the past year—nearly 20 percent of the population. Similarly, 1 in 5 children in the U.S., either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. Too often, the needs of these individuals with mental health concerns go unmet until their conditions worsen. The resulting increased problems and costs can become a serious burden for patients, families, and the community.

At this year’s Destination Swedish fundraising luncheon, you’ll have the opportunity to help provide the start-up costs needed to embed mental health counselors in our primary care clinics. This will allow convenient, same-day care and help reduce the barriers many patients face when seeking care for their mental health concerns.

Our goal is to raise $1.2 million, which will ensure that mental health services are available in each of Swedish’s 25 primary care clinics across greater Seattle. By reducing barriers to mental health treatment for patients visiting our primary care clinics, Swedish is uniquely poised to:

  • Treat a broad spectrum of patients, from children and adolescents to the elderly, exhibiting a wide range of behavioral health concerns, including substance abuse, anxiety, and depression
  • Provide early intervention and prevent treatable mental health disorders from becoming potentially serious, debilitating diseases
  • Reach an estimated 80,000 patients during first year of operation, including low-income, underinsured, and uninsured patients
  • Connect patients to additional resources and services through our community partners at Sound Mental Health, Navos, Compass Mental Health, and public-funded services in King County
  • Connect patients to our integrated behavioral health services, as needed, including inpatient psychiatric care, substance-abuse programs, postpartum support for new mothers, and group counseling services

What patients would this model serve? Patients such as:

  • An elderly diabetic who also presents symptoms of depression. The physician would address the patient’s diabetes and an on-site counselor will help him manage and treat his depression by     prescribing medication, connecting the patient to support groups, etc., as needed. By intervening early, we can de-escalate the   patient’s depression and better manage his diabetes and overall health.
  • A young woman who is newly pregnant who presents with    symptoms of anxiety and substance abuse. While visiting her primary care doctor for prenatal care, she would be introduced to an on-site counselor who will connect her with community support groups and medication, as needed. This would ensure that both her behavioral health concerns and her physical health—and that of her unborn child—are addressed.

For more information or to reserve your spot as a Table Captain, please call 206-386-6186 or email shilo.markegard@swedish.org.