Women within the community voiced concerns that they felt their health was not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. Additionally, women wanted techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, and help to achieve optimal health status.
Based upon the results of a Community Health Needs Assessment and the completion of a Strategic Plan for Women’s Services, Highlands Hospital developed and implemented the IM WELL Program (Integrative Medicine – Women Excelling Living Life). The program incorporates three domains of women’s health: nutritional, physical and mental. By focusing on the whole person, barriers to health can be overcome.
The program is open to all women ages 14 and older, and targets women who are uninsured or underinsured. In addition to core group classes, the program has a care coordinator who helps navigate women to appropriate community resources and services. The core group classes are taught by a licensed dietitian, a behavioral therapist, a certified integrative therapy nurse specialist, a certified diabetes educator and an exercise specialist.
The results of the program: 289 interactions with women, 780 phone calls, 400 health text messages answered, 391 follow-up appointments made for specialized health concerns and 50 interventions by the case manager. As a result of the program, 100% of the women met IM goals, 100% exercised at least three times per week, 58% were able to meet nutrition goals and 48% were able to meet water intake goals.
ABOUT HIGHLANDS HOSPITAL
Highlands Hospital is a 64-bed acute care facility located in Fayette County, Pa. The facility provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, medical surgical services, emergency care and outpatient services. The hospital also has a private school for autism that is the first licensed site for autism of Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
View the Highlands Hospital page in the 2017 Intalere Best Practices Compendium.