Support Mental Health Services at Mary Greeley
The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year, and one out of four families have a relative coping with a mental illness. It should be no surprise then, that Mary Greeley has one of the busiest Inpatient Behavioral Health Units in central Iowa.
Mary Greeley’s18 bed Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit receives nearly 700 admissions each year, which translates to more than 4,200 days of patient care. Both of these statistics continue to trend upward—mental illness does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age or socio-economic status.
Because of the support of our donors, progress is being made. We have hired an additional nurse practitioner, a new psychiatrist will join our team later this year, Behavioral Health Services in our Emergency Department have been expanded and improved and design plans for the construction of the new Behavioral Health Unit is near completion.
While we are making strides forward, we know our community deserves more.
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We must do a better job for people who need mental health services. To better serve the mental health needs of central Iowa, we must increase our capacity in both inpatient and outpatient services.
An integral part of this vision is a new and expanded Behavioral Health Unit. While the final design has yet to be completed, the inpatient unit is expected to feature:
- 24 beds
- Primarily private rooms
- Modern facilities to maximize quality, therapeutic experience and safety
A vital component to our continuum of care is access to outpatient services. Today, people are waiting weeks, even months for appointments. We are committed to filling that gap in service, starting with a part-time practice and moving to a full outpatient clinic. Outpatient services has already grown from a part-time clinic to five days a week starting in May, with a second provider joining the practice in August.
In addition, we will develop innovative programs to enhance the care of our patients and address needs within our community.
In order to realize our vision, we must recruit and retain the very best professionals to Ames.
How You Can Help
Like you, we believe that our communities deserve the best mental health care possible, close to home.
Please take a moment to learn about our vision from some Mary Greeley leaders and hear from local patients who have experienced firsthand the struggles of mental illness.
For more information on how you can support our vision for Mental Health Services in our community, please contact the Foundation Office at 515-239-2147 or email email@example.com.
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