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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Sacred Heart Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: In partnership with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and other organizations, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital will educate/create awareness of issues related to alcohol misuse and create awareness of and access to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse services in the community, including services offered by the hospital and affiliates and will promote a healthy substance use culture in Eau Claire County.

Strategy 1: Non-Alcoholic Events/Activities

  • The hospital will support/fund area events/activities which are alcohol-free in an attempt to curb underage drinking and increase number of alcohol-free events in the community.

Strategy 2: Alcohol Misuse Community Awareness and Education

  • The hospital will coordinate/host/actively participate in a minimum of five events/activities where education related to high-risk drinking is provided.

Goal: In partnership with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and other organizations, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital will educate/create awareness of substance abuse issues and increase awareness of and access to substance abuse services in the community, including services offered by the hospital and affiliates.

Strategy 1: Increase Community Access to Substance Abuse Services

  • HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital will enhance community access to Substance Abuse Services-Illicit Drugs.

Strategy 2: Substance Abuse Awareness and Education

  • HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital will develop/coordinate/promote/participate in a minimum of four Substance Abuse awareness/education events/activities to raise awareness and educate about substance abuse issues.

Strategy 3: Develop a Joint Advocacy and Community Benefit Implementation Plan with HSHS, Eastern Division to Address Determinants of Health (DOH) Outcomes for Substance Use

  • HSHS Western Wisconsin Division (Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Hospitals) will work collaboratively with HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division to address the DOH related to Substance Use.

Strategy 3: Increase Community Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Services

  • The hospital’s Behavioral Health Services will continue to provide frontline care to address patients’ mental and behavioral health needs by offering psychiatric consultations by a psychiatrist at Sacred Heart Hospital, provide detox, in-patient and out-patient behavioral health services, as well as residential alcohol and other drug treatment at L.E. Phillips Libertas Treatment Center located on the campus of sister hospital HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  • Future plans for the hospital’s Behavioral Health Services include: 
    - Imbed Behavioral Health into primary clinics (placement of a mental health/substance abuse clinician within clinic settings)
    - Expand capacity of Inpatient Behavioral Health adolescent unit from eight beds to twelve beds 
    - Expand reach of outpatient behavioral health counseling services by utilizing telehealth equipment
  • The hospital Board of Directors authorized retaining consultants to provide guidance/suggestions of potential enhancement of hospital behavioral health services.
  • The hospital also offers mental health services through Sacred Heart Hospital’s The Healing Place, an integrative approach to proving support for those dealing with grief and/or experiencing difficulties related to life transitions.

Goal: In partnership with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and other organizations, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital will continue existing efforts, while enhancing others, to educate/create awareness of mental health and increase access to mental health services in the community, including services offered by the hospital.

Strategy 1: Mental Health Awareness and Education

  • The hospital will develop/promote/participate in a minimum of five mental health awareness events/activities/educational sessions annually to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Strategy 2: Promote Resilience for Chippewa Valley Youth

  • The hospital will continue to promote resilience and other protective factors in youth through active participation in the Mental Health Matters grant project from Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment-Medical College of Wisconsin. The hospital’s Community Health Department will also assist the area school district in coordinating a Teen Mental Health Summit.

Strategy 3: Increase Community Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Services

  • The hospital’s Behavioral Health Services will continue to provide frontline care to address patients’ mental and behavioral health needs by offering psychiatric consultations by a psychiatrist at Sacred Heart Hospital, provide detox, in-patient and out-patient behavioral health services, as well as residential alcohol and other drug treatment at L.E. Phillips Libertas Treatment Center located on the campus of sister hospital HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  • Future plans for the hospital’s Behavioral Health Services include:
    - Imbed Behavioral Health into primary clinics (placement of a mental health/substance abuse clinician within clinic settings)
    - Expand capacity of Inpatient Behavioral Health adolescent unit from eight beds to twelve beds
    - Expand reach of outpatient behavioral health counseling services by utilizing telehealth equipment
  • The hospital Board of Directors authorized retaining consultants to provide guidance/suggestions of potential enhancement of hospital behavioral health services.
  • The hospital also offers mental health services through Sacred Heart Hospital’s The Healing Place, an integrative approach to proving support for those dealing with grief and/or experiencing difficulties related to life transitions.

Strategy 4: Promote and Support Suicide Prevention Efforts

  • In partnership with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and other organizations, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s 3D Community Health: Body.Mind.Spirit will provide/promote local QPR and Mental Health First Aid training as a means of suicide prevention.