Elevate Health has awarded $1.5 million in Catalyst Funding to five local health care organizations. The awards — $500,000 each — will be implemented as soon as October of this year to improve whole-person health and integrated care in Pierce County. To accelerate implementation of integrated care and reinforce ongoing and future efforts by health care delivery partners in Pierce County, the awards have been presented to the following healthcare organizations:
- MultiCare Health System is a not-for-profit health care system. Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a Washington public benefit corporation that provides comprehensive health, housing and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in services to all ethnicities and populations. The two systems coordinated for Catalyst Funding to improve collaborative care between the two agencies. They plan to integrate behavioral health into whole-person care, assist primary care providers in providing care for chronic diseases while also building communications between specialists and primary care providers.
- CHI-Franciscan is a nonprofit medical system serving Western Washington. With the Catalyst Funding, the organization plans to add community health workers to help reduce emergency department visits in central Pierce County. CHI-Franciscan also plans to expand its collaborative care model to up to four clinics in Pierce County by 2020.
- Pediatrics Northwest, a multi-specialty pediatric group operating in the Puget Sound area has partnered for funding with HopeSparks, which provides behavioral health programs for children and families in Pierce County. The partners — which serve more than 15,000 Medicaid patients combined — are using the Catalyst Funding to embed behavioral health consultants into primary care settings.