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AltaNews Winter 2017 Inside this edition of AltaNews you will learn more about the merger between AltaPointe and Cheaha. AltaNews writers interviewed staff members in both regions about the changes. You can catch up on the latest in our school-based therapy program and find out about the role peer specialist play in our patients recovery….
AltaNews – Summer-Fall 2016 Inside this issue of AltaNews you will find information on our merger with Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center, the importance technology plays in our patient care, and the Baldwin County Community Alliance’s , which operates through AltaPointe, role to keep prescription drugs away from teens.
AltaNews Spring 2016 Inside the AltaNews Spring 2016 edition read up on Chuck Ingoglia, senior vice president of public policy and practice improvement for The National Council for Behavioral Health, presentation on national trends in behavioral healthcare during the 2015 AltaPointe Annual Meeting. You’ll also meet AltaPointe’s 2015 Stars of the Year.
AltaNews Fall 2015 Newly appointed Alabama Commissioner of Mental Health Jim Perdue’s visit to AltaPointe, how day treatment participants battle stigma and new office space for EastPointe Hospital are all covered in the Fall 2015 edition of AltaNews.
AltaNews’ Spring 2015 edition is out. Inside you’ll find an article about Governor Robert Bentley’s visit to BayPointe Hospital to talk about possible cuts to mental health funding, and how AltaPointe is introducing trauma-informed care via The Grafton Model.
Looking back at the history of Baldwin County Mental Health and forward to the successes of an expanded AltaPointe, case managers affect outpatient care in a positive way, new reading specialist joins LeMoyne School team, and CarePointe reports an increase of twice the number of calls since May 2014.
Meet AltaPointe’s Shining Star of 2014, Anne Chipman; AltaPointe Recognizes the Spirit of Teamwork; AltaPraise Encourages Employee Recognition and Meet the Members of the AltaPointe Shining Star Hall of Fame
Historic merger between AltaPointe Health Systems and Baldwin County Mental Health brings overnight growth and strength, page one. An 18-year-old resident of an AltaPointe group home describes her traumatic experiences and her journey to hope and recovery, page one. Baldwin County Community Alliance works to prevent underage drinking, page 12.
One man dreams of recovery from mental illness and tells his story to inspire others, page one. Human Resources staff prepares to launch new software system to achieve greater efficiencies, page 3. School-based therapists help children receive consistent, continuity of care, page 8. AltaPointe ‘grows’ its social media presence, page 12.
AltaPointe Names Chaney 2013 Shining Star, Stars Shine at AltaPointe Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Meet the Members of the AltaPointe Shining Star Hall of Fame and What is AltaPraise?
Read about AltaPointe’s 2012 Shining Star of the Year Cella Walker, Performance Improvement’s Consumer Needs Coordinator; Our CEO discusses many facets of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Managed Care in Alabama and how AltaPointe may be affected; EastPointe Hospital’s first year of operation has been a whirlwind of preparation, implementation and adjustment; One family describes its roller coast ride with schizophrenia; The Environment of Care Department adopts the “See Something, Say Something” campaign to improve security throughout AltaPointe’s continuum of care.
Transition from Searcy marks new era for AltaPointe; Transition Team meets former Searcy patients’ needs; Meeting people in crisis — right where they are; PATH team reach out to the homeless who are mentally ill; AltaNews Readership Survey Results
Learn how AltaPointe’s CarePointe Department and Crisis Response Team helped save a life. Find out how AltaPointe and the University of South Alabama collaborate to educate future psychiatrists. BayPointe strengthens customer service as hospital rebrands. And, read how the City of Mobile recognized Richard “Dick” Little for his many years of dedicated service to the mental health system in our region.
EastPointe opens in Daphne. AltaNews is a newsletter for AltaPointe employees. Changes in Healthcare. Access Specialists save lives by phone every day.
AltaPointe’s Shining Star for 2011 – Cynthia Foster; Closing Searcy, Region IV Plans; Dr. Parker wins national award; Hygiene for the Homeless; AltaPointe Introduces Open Groups at AOP
AltaPointe hosts packed town-hall meeting with ADMH Commissioner Zelia Baugh; Teams receive CTI Training; BayPointe gets a new look; Innovative approach doubles day treatment attendance
AltaPointe recognized nationally; Assessment reveals need for consultation services; AltaPointe staff members aid fellow mental health workers after tornadoes; Two MIS initiatives launch this summer.
Alabama’s Mental Health CommissionerZelia Baugh visits AltaPointe; Fay Schreiber named AltaPointe’s Star of the Year; BayPointe launches last leg of multi-year conversion from paper to electronic records; and photos of the Adult Residential Services’ Fall Festival, Benefits Fairs and Christmas “ham toss”…
Mental Health First Aid arrives at AltaPointe, the National Council selects AHS for standards of care pilot program to help people with schizophrenia, AltaPointe plays key role in Searcy census reduction project and BayPointe saves and transforms patients’ lives…
AltaPointe responds to the mental health needs of the communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster; AHS Substance Abuse Services help more than 400 annually; Five-Star Customer Service announces first AltaPraise recipients; Staff members lose 1,000 pounds during Scale Back Alabama.
AltaPointe remembers Claude Powe; “IT-Pointe” allows AHS staff members to help themselves; AHS Finance team works to keep “it all balanced”; Family grateful to ARS staff members; Terrell retires; ADMH medical director speaks at AltaPointe and photos from Santa Tuerk’s “ham toss”.
AltaPointe staff members show ‘grace under fire’; Sheridan’s quick actions save a life; HR team ‘touches’ employees at all levels; AltaPointe: Alive with activity; People & Positions at the Pointe and much more…
Meeting mental health needs makes borrowing funds a necessity; Department drops the “r word” from its name; COP renovated building ‘beautiful’; Children’s outpatient care requires flexible team and much more…
Children’s outpatient care requires flexible team; Attitude survey results arrive; Daily ‘routine’ not always routine at AOP; APHS online address book is handy tool and much more…
Changes in healthcare landscape require shifting focus to self-awareness; Referral program rewards staff; A real team effort at PH; Adult Outpatient Services announces staff changes; and Five-Star Customer Service training completes second phase.
2008 AltaNews Summer
‘Five-Star’ equals excellent customer service… MIS focus is on the future… Art Exhibit: ‘Expressions of Recovery’ and much more…
Mobile Mental Health transitions to AltaPointe Health Systems and celebrates 50 years of service to Mobile and Washington counties. A grant makes it possible for AltaPointe to invest in TeleHealth technology and launch a formal initiative. Read about employee accomplishments, community outreach, the “ham toss” and much more…
Introducing ‘AltaNews’… MMH celebrates half-century mark… Bayou office opens At Mostellar… RUS grant allows telemedicine… Alabama Health Care Hero…and much more…
By the time I hung up the phone, I received several follow up calls to make sure we were okay. They did an excellent job for us. I would give them an ‘A’.
My son was a resident of BayPointe Hospital. Following his discharge, I received an email from his teacher praising his behavior and how far he has come since returning to school last spring. He is using his experience to help other students better themselves and is very caring towards others. He is now in a regular classroom at school and making A’s and B’s. His homeroom teacher is putting him up for student of the month. She is amazed at the transformation this year. Home life is wonderful since his return. I cannot thank you and the staff at BayPointe for what you did for us. He is truly a success of all of their hard work.
My therapist has gone above and beyond in dealing with my issues. No matter what I asked she was able to help me figure out the best solution for the problem. I hope I never have to change therapists. She is awesome, and someone I hope everyone can meet.
My therapist is compassionate and nonjudgmental. He truly cares about me and all of his clients. I do not think of him as my therapist but as my friend. It has been a joy growing with him.
I just wanted to tell you how wonderful your staff is to me and my husband. They go above and beyond each visit. They are truly awesome. They always ask me how I’m doing when I bring my husband in for his appointments. They have helped us so much.
I was about to completely have a nervous breakdown, but my therapist helped me so much. She has been there for me whenever I have needed her. She knows how to talk to you to keep you grounded, so that you can pull your life back together. I almost died and she has helped me when no one else would. I want to thank her for all that she has done for me and continues to do for me. I definitely recommend her.
It is very cliché to say that she (therapist) saved my life, but she really did. Going through as a cancer patient she taught me how to put those kinds of problems in perspective and what kinds of things I can control and what I cannot control and 80 percent of what happens in one’s life is out of their control. It made me a better man, a better person, a better husband, and a better father to my children. It really did save my life.
I thoroughly enjoy my job; I am very passionate about it and I look forward going to work almost every day.
What I like is being able to help people no matter what type of service they need or what type of service they are requesting. Whether it is a preventative type of thing or they need a psychiatrist for medication, or they need hospitalization. We really try and make sure we put our arms around a person and we direct them to the right level of care.
I love AltaPointe! I don’t even call it a job because I enjoy what I do. I would work for free if I had to because I really enjoy it. It is almost like a ministry to go out and help people, help someone that truly needs it. But I do not look at it as work.
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