Lafayette, Ind. — Patients at Arnett Hospital can now receive more behavioral help by using a virtual service.
Through using live video, patients will be able to connect with a health expert.
Previously patients in need of a psych evaluation would go to an emergency department and be transferred to a bigger hospital.
“For many who don’t have access to a primary care physician or don’t know where to go – the emergency room becomes their entry point for treatment.” Says Anne Gilbert the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Virtual Services.
With the help of this virtual service, it will allow patients to stay at Arnett and continue to be treated there via live video from the behavioral health hub in Indianapolis.
The hub has 24-7 access to therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, and peer recovery coaches.
Gilbert says typically patients using the virtual service can be dealing with anxiety, psychosis, depression and even substance abuse.
Arnett Hospital only has one virtual system but are looking to increase as time goes on.