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Press Room

Summa Health System Receives Funds from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation

07.23.2012
Contact: Erica Rosenthal, Phone: (330) 375-3052

AKRON, Ohio, July 23, 2012 – Summa Health System recently received two grants from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation totaling $410,000 to implement a new model of care that integrates behavioral health providers and services into primary care settings, and another to educate medical, family and mental health participants about self-injury and treatment.

The first grant of $400,000 from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation will support a two year Summa Health System/Coleman Professional Services Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Initiative. This model will provide better identification of behavioral health needs, immediate and rapid access to behavioral health providers, earlier prevention and detection of serious disorders, and improved patient and provider satisfaction. It will also help increase adherence to treatment and decrease medical utilization and healthcare costs.

With these funds, Summa will:

  • Develop three new multidisciplinary healthcare teams to facilitate integrated behavioral healthcare in primary care settings. These teams will be in the Family Medicine Center and the Internal Medicine Center at Summa Akron City Hospital and at an off campus patient-centered medical home in Fairlawn.
  • Employ behavioral health providers to work side by side with primary care doctors and address the behavioral health and behavior modification needs of the patients during their primary care office visits.
    Utilize behavioral health providers to deliver brief, problem-focused interventions to help patients make meaningful changes in their lives.
  • Create a volunteer consumer advisory board to provide insight on how to improve the primary care experience for themselves and their peers, and how to organize an integrated care team, including behavioral health services.
  • Recruit peer navigators to help patients implement and understand their care plan. Patient satisfaction will be evidenced by ratings of 90% overall satisfaction with their care on a self-report measure.
  • Track utilization of mental and physical health services and adherence to the care plan compared to the care that was received by participating patients prior to this initiative.
  • Measure patients’ mental health improvement by comparing pre- and post-initiative symptom levels.

Summa also received a $10,000 grant to support an Educational Speakers' Series. With these funds, Summa plans to host a workshop on self-injury and treatment options for at least 200 medical, family and mental health participants at Summa. Summa also will provide advanced training to at least 10 mental health staff who practice within the health system and host a small peer workshop for a self-injury support group.
“We are grateful for the support of The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation,” said Joseph D. Varley, M.D., chair of the department of psychiatry at Summa Health System and a physician with Summa Physicians Inc. – Behavioral Health. “The grant allows us to pilot contemporary models for providing behavioral health services in large primary care settings. This transformational work is reflective of our commitment to improved patient care and The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation’s major role in supporting behavioral healthcare innovation in our region.”

“The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation appreciates this innovative partnership with Summa Health System,” said Rick Kellar, president of The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. “Their desire to improve outcomes across the entire spectrum of health care is noteworthy, and we fully expect this project will result in greater access to care, improved outcomes, and a more efficient and cost effective care delivery process.”

About Summa Health System

Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

About The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, founded in 2001 in Hudson, Ohio, is a private grantmaking foundation whose primary focus is the mental health field, with secondary interest in education and the arts. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness by investing in innovative projects in Northeast Ohio having national transformational impact. For information, please visit www.mcmfdn.org, call 330-655-1366, or email inquiry@mcmfdn.org.

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