Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) named Hamilton Center, Inc. Winner of Advocacy Award

Each year, the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) recognizes remarkable rural health individuals and/or programs with awards presented during the Association’s Annual Conference. The Indiana Rural Health Association’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of rural populations in Indiana through leadership, education advocacy, collaboration, and resource development. In accordance with their mission, awards are being given in those categories.

Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health in Terre Haute nominated Hamilton Center for the advocacy award, and the award will be presented to Hamilton Center representatives at IRHA’s conference on June 14th and 15th.

Noted in the nomination, “In 2007, Hamilton Center formed a collaborative partnership with Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health to integrate a tele-mental health program to the Vigo County Correctional Facility and a local critical access hospital emergency department (Union Hospital Clinton). Due to the project’s proved success, the model was replicated to additional critical access hospital sites throughout the region over the course of the past year due to generous grant funds made possible from the State Office of Rural Health. These sites include: Sullivan County Community Hospital, Greene County General Hospital, Putnam County Hospital and St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Since the program’s inception, Hamilton Center has completed approximately 300 rural crisis consults on a 24/7 basis.”

The nominator went on to say, “ while it is recognized that integration of primary health care and psychosocial services is important, our healthcare systems often work in silos, such that it can be difficult to move patients through both systems simultaneously for maximum effectiveness and impact. Hamilton Center has demonstrated that collaboration knows no boundaries. Hamilton Center personnel at every level understand that integrated care entails the provision of behavioral health services within multiple health care settings which emphasizes a collaborative approach between mental health professionals and “front-line” care providers. Their collaboration has been particularly apparent in our underserved rural populations.”

Hamilton Center Access Staff

FRONT (L to R):  Dr. Robe Fazekas, David Miller, Marilyn Moeller, Mary Beth Dougherty
BACK (L to R):  Linda Whistler, Karen Umbarger, Tracy Batchler

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