JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., June 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ballad Well being and the area’s STRONG Accountable Care Group (STRONG ACC) are unveiling a brand new partnership and coordinated care community that can improve group members’ well being and well-being – even exterior of hospital partitions.
At a information convention on Thursday, June 10, Ballad Well being and the STRONG ACC introduced their partnership with Unite Us, becoming a member of each the Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia networks, serving companions within the Appalachian Highlands. Unite Us is a nationwide expertise firm that builds coordinated care networks of well being and social service suppliers that can join individuals with unmet well being and social service wants, comparable to housing, meals, transportation and employment.
“Because the merger that shaped Ballad Well being, we now have absolutely embraced the hassle of turning into a real group well being enchancment group – one that may make a significant and measurable generational enchancment in well being and well-being in our area,” mentioned Anthony Keck, Ballad Well being’s govt vp of system innovation and chief inhabitants well being officer.
“For Ballad Well being to achieve success – and for our area to thrive – all of us have to achieve past our 4 partitions and construct partnerships to harness the ability of collective influence. After we are all rowing in the identical route, we’ll demonstrably enhance the well being of the area.”
In December 2020, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam introduced the formation of Unite Virginia, a $10 million effort to develop the Unite Us community throughout the Commonwealth. Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia acknowledges the distinctive two-state, one-region nature of the Appalachian Highlands, and will probably be the primary time the Unite Us Platform is utilized in Tennessee. Unite Us operates its networks in additional than 40 states, together with communities in Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and a statewide community in North Carolina.
Inside Ballad Well being, Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia will enable specially-trained employees, conducting health-related social wants screenings for gaps in care, comparable to meals and housing insecurity, transportation challenges or different obstacles, to attach with group organizations dedicated to resolving these points. The community, nonetheless, just isn’t depending on Ballad Well being. Collaborating organizations may also be capable of refer shoppers to one another – even when the individuals they’re referring aren’t Ballad Well being sufferers.
The success of Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia largely depends upon the participation of group organizations all through the area. The STRONG (Striving Towards Resilience and Alternative for the Subsequent Era) ACC consists of greater than 300 group companions from native and regional companies, group organizations, faith-based organizations, healthcare organizations, colleges and extra, working collectively to enhance the general well being and well-being of the Appalachian Highlands. In 2020, the STRONG ACC recognized the adoption of Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia as considered one of its strategic priorities.
“Healthcare, training, financial success – they’re all interrelated. And likewise, social challenges comparable to housing, transportation and financial stability are additionally limitations that impede entry to healthcare and influence well being outcomes,” mentioned Dr. Karen Schetzina, a professor and medical chief with ETSU Well being and Chair of the STRONG ACC. “The conjoined efforts of the STRONG ACC, the Unite Us Platform and our regional group well being partnerships are all intertwined and dealing hand in hand to get upstream of generational well being points and create a stronger, brighter future for our youngsters and grandchildren.
“With a ‘no improper door’ strategy, the experiences and outcomes of people looking for providers will enhance. People shall be welcomed right into a group of organizations, all working to help the entire particular person and their household – not merely the issue that instantly presents itself.”
Realizing somebody has unmet wants just isn’t sufficient. Realizing who can meet these wants, what limitations could be in the best way of serving these wants and confirming these wants are literally resolved could be very troublesome in immediately’s fragmented healthcare and social help techniques.
“We have been taking a look at software program packages for a little bit greater than a yr,” mentioned Lisa Cofer, govt director of the United Manner of Bristol, one of many member organizations of the STRONG ACC and a community associate with Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia. “The brand new Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia program is such a godsend; beforehand, there wasn’t a single location for individuals to name and get the assets and navigation they want. That is going to be life-changing for us and the group we serve.”
With the software program now in place, when a person is served by a Ballad Well being crew member or one of many Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia community companions, their particular social wants shall be famous within the system. If, after acquiring the group member’s permission, a referral for a social service is made, the group receiving the referral shall be notified, and that particular person’s progress in receiving the service shall be recorded. This enables for closed-loop communication, which at present doesn’t exist throughout the numerous totally different organizations within the area.
The Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia community not solely gives an up-to-date database of group assets, however it additionally gives insightful information that can assist all community companions establish future wants and alternatives to higher serve the area’s wants.
“There’s a really progressive, forward-thinking motion taking place with our well being and social wants organizations within the Appalachian Highlands,” mentioned Mark Cruise, the brand new director of the STRONG Accountable Care Group. “Our group well being transformation initiatives are being developed in true steerage with what our group is telling us they want, so we will tailor these community-driven and community-derived processes.
“At the side of Ballad Well being and different STRONG ACC members, we’re bringing care out into our group and higher understanding how we will all work collectively to mobilize round well being enchancment, stronger training and extra financial vitality.”
The system integrates with Ballad Well being’s Epic digital medical file system, in addition to with different techniques and platforms utilized by community-based suppliers throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In its first yr of operation, Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia could have 100 customers from Ballad Well being and can be capable of settle for a limiteless variety of group organizations as community companions.
“We’re thrilled to associate with Ballad Well being and the area’s STRONG Accountable Care Group,” mentioned Mallory Hill, Appalachian Area group engagement supervisor for Unite Us. “As a lifelong resident of this area, I’m excited that collectively, we’re constructing a strong community of service suppliers related by Unite Us’ safe, accountable expertise, to make sure the group has the instruments and assets it wants. The long run is brilliant within the Appalachian Highlands!”
For extra details about Unite Tennessee and Unite Virginia, events ought to go to tennessee.uniteus.com or virginia.uniteus.com or contact Mallory Hill, Unite Us Appalachian Area Group Engagement Supervisor, at [email protected]
For extra details about the STRONG Accountable Care Group and their ‘No Unsuitable Door’ initiative, events ought to go to https://www.strongacc.org/no-wrong-door or contact Mark Cruise, director of the STRONG Accountable Care Group, at [email protected] or 423-302-3382.
About Ballad Well being
Ballad Well being is an built-in group well being enchancment group serving 29 counties of the Appalachian Highlands in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwest North Carolina and Southeast Kentucky. Our system of 21 hospitals, post-acute care and behavioral well being providers and a big multi-specialty group doctor observe works intently with an energetic impartial medical group and group stakeholders to enhance the well being and well-being of shut to at least one million individuals. By main within the adoption of value-based funds, addressing health-related social wants, funding medical and well being techniques analysis and committing to long-term investments in robust youngsters and households in our area, Ballad Well being is striving to grow to be a nationwide mannequin for rural well being and healthcare. Be taught extra at www.BalladHealth.org.
About STRONG ACC
STRONG stands for Striving Towards Resiliency and Alternative for the Subsequent Era. Established in 2019, the STRONG Accountable Care Group is a collective influence coalition comprised of greater than 300 organizations dedicated to early childhood improvement, instructional success, financial vitality, and well being and wellbeing in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. STRONG is ruled by a 24-member Management Council comprised of a broad cross-section of regional leaders in healthcare, human providers, training and enterprise. Be taught extra at www.strongacc.org.
About Unite Us
Unite Us is a expertise firm that builds coordinated care networks of well being and social service suppliers. With Unite Us, suppliers throughout sectors can ship and obtain safe digital referrals, observe each particular person’s whole well being journey, and report on tangible outcomes throughout a full vary of providers in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ devoted crew builds genuine, lasting partnerships with native organizations to make sure their networks have a stable basis, launch efficiently, and proceed to develop and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities remodel their capacity to work collectively and measure influence at scale. Comply with Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.