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

Nearly one-third of patients visiting Swedish’s primary care clinics exhibit symptoms tied to mental health concerns. Yet many patients leave the clinic only receiving care for their original complaint, never addressing their mental health symptoms.

To fill this critical gap in primary care, Swedish needs your help in providing convenient and affordable mental health care for patients visiting our primary care clinics. This year, at our 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 same-day care and help reduce the barriers many patients face when seeking mental health care.

This unique model will provide early intervention and help prevent very treatable mental health disorders from becoming potentially serious, debilitating diseases. It also allows our primary care physicians to focus on the emergent physical concerns of our patients while ensuring that a trained behavioral health specialist is available to addresses the mental health needs of patients.  

With access to the broader Swedish system, the on-site counselors can connect patients to the many behavioral health services and programs already offered at Swedish and in the broader community such as groups for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

With your help, the embedded counselors and psychiatrists will serve patients across Swedish’s 25 primary care clinics, including our clinics with high volumes of low-income, underinsured, and uninsured patients. After the first year of operation, we anticipate the program will be a permanent, self-sustaining program.

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

 

Online registration will be available soon.