Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Outpatient Behavioral Health offices are merging. The Boone office will move into the Linville office, located in the Sloop Medical Office Plaza on the campus of Cannon Memorial Hospital, on October 24. By integrating outpatient behavioral health services with Cannon Memorial Hospital’s 10-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, patients will benefit from an improved and comprehensive approach to behavioral health services.

“Our goal with this move is to match the right patient, with the right provider at the right location to ensure high quality outcomes,” said Stephanie Greer, Director of Behavioral Health Services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). “By having our full complement of providers in one location, we can do a better job of assessing patient needs and then matching them with the most appropriate care giver.”

Behavioral Health Services through ARHS include psychiatric evaluation and medication management, individualized treatment planning, and individualized/group psychotherapy for adults and children. The program is staffed by board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed psychologists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.

New service

Greer is also looking forward to the addition of a behavioral health observation area in the emergency department at Cannon Memorial Hospital. Scheduled to open this fall, the new observation area will provide a safe space for patients with behavioral health issues to be treated by trained emergency department staff and the Behavioral Health Crisis Team.

“By integrating behavioral health services in the emergency department, we will be able to evaluate patients at the point of entry while simultaneously reducing costs,” said Greer. “Again, it goes back to the importance of streamlining our services so we can offer our patients the very best services.”

Although the majority of Behavioral Health Services will relocate to Linville this fall, a Behavioral Health Crisis Team will continue to be available for patients at Watauga Medical Center. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will move its office to 136 Furman Rd, Suite 7, in Boone on October 24 as well.

To learn more about Behavioral Health Services at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, call 828-737-7888.

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