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Gateway Family Health Clinic in ML introduces new tele-psychiatry service


August 16, 2018

A new tele-psychiatric medication management service is coming August 15 to the Gateway Family Health Clinic located at the Pine Healthcare Campus in Sandstone and at Gateway Clinic in Moose Lake. This allows patients to meet with a psychiatrist to discuss their medication needs over a secure TV monitor.

"This service brings psychiatric medication care to the patient, rather than the patient driving many miles for an appointment with a provider," states Eric Nielsen, Administrator of Gateway Family Health Clinic. "Gateway is always looking for innovations to improve patient health care. This is especially helpful in our rural area where the time and expense of getting to medical appointments can be very inconvenient."

The psychiatric care is being provided by Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. They are a group of professional psychiatrists and counselors who help people experiencing personal, emotional, marriage, family or psychological problems. The psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in mental health. The counselors are licensed and/or have advanced graduate training in a mental health field. The service will be provided one day per week and will increase to meet the growing demand.

"Our belief is that geography alone shouldn't hinder access to care, and now it won't," states Peter Nystrom, Executive Vice President of Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.. "Everyone deserves to get the help they need in a convenient fashion. Through technology and innovation, we are thrilled to partner with Gateway Family Health to bring tele-health, starting with psychiatry, to their well respected lines of existing service offerings."

Starting August 15, 2018, the Gateway Clinic in Sandstone and in Moose Lake will start taking appointments for this service. The appointment will be held at the Gateway Clinic in a private office using a secure network and television screen or monitor, in real time. This will enable the patient to meet sooner, get questions answered and get their medication electronically sent to the pharmacy of their choice.

"The Hospital District is delighted that Gateway has taken the initiative to offer this very important service for our community," states Fran Levings, who chairs the Health Care Services committee of the North Pine Area Hospital District. "Mental health needs are rapidly growing nationally as well as in our area, making this service especially welcomed. Our committee will be looking into attracting other health care services that are needed in our area."


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