Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is building a new Behavioral Health Program named “Community Connect” to reduce health disparities related to mental health, substance abuse and adverse childhood events by increasing access to services and treatment options.
The hospital is partnering with community agencies to connect vital resources to our residents and surrounding counties. The Community Connect Program utilizes an integrated team approach that includes a patient navigator, medical providers, therapists, nurses, community agencies, law enforcement, and our school systems. The program seeks to coordinate care between patients and community resources and provide ongoing education about mental health, substance abuse and adverse childhood events.
Our goal is to improve health outcomes of those we serve by increasing access to high-quality, person-centered, mental health and substance use disorder assistance programs. These programs will be trauma-informed, intergenerational, integrated medical services, along with a comprehensive staff training component.
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) is an independent state-of-the-art, 12-bed, critical access facility opened in 2013. The work of its permanent staff—eleven physicians, five specialists – Orthopedic Surgeon, Surgical Podiatrist, Cardiologist, Otolaryngologist (ENT), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, three certified physician assistants, seven nurse practitioners, one psychiatric nurse practitioner, behavioral health consultant and a nursing team—is supplemented by visiting specialists in Pediatrics, Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology, Hearing, Neurology, Vascular Interventional Radiology, Urology and Obstetrics who visit the area for regular appointments. For optimal efficiency, the Rural Health Clinic is attached to the hospital.
The wide spectrum of services includes:
Its surgical program includes Orthopedic, Podiatric, ENT, Urology, General, and Ophthalmology, operating in two of the largest operating rooms in the Upper Peninsula. Many caregivers are cross-trained across disciplines to deliver care as needed within the hospital’s flexible plan.