AsanteForward: Transforming the Health of Our Community
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Medford-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
101 E. 8th St.Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847
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During the December Forum, attendees learned about Asante’s new plan and goals to transform the quality and scope of health care available to the community. Details about the plan were given by Andrea Reeder, the Director of Development and Campaign Director for the Asante Foundation. While the entire plan will cost a total of $650 million, Asante is currently working with the community to raise $50 million. “Community partnerships will be critical,” emphasized Reeder. The new plan has four main parts: to transform behavioral healthcare, expand emergency services in Josephine County, create a regional cancer center, and for the Centers of Excellence to be housed in a new medical tower in Medford. The new building will have departments which cater to women and children’s health, a cardiovascular institute, offer advanced surgical services and expand critical care. “Asante already has an excellent cardiac care unit,” said Reeder. “This expansion will let us grow our cath labs from 4 to 6, and will be located adjacent to the surgical center, which is more convenient for patients.”
Reeder is also excited about Asante growing its critical care offerings, because critical care affects many other aspects of the hospital. “The number of critical care beds will increase from 44 to 64,” she said, adding that having more beds available will be a positive change for patients and the hospital. However, Reeder is most enthusiastic about the Behavioral Health Initiative, which has five components: the Sanctuary Model of Care, supporting partnerships, a new BHU, the creation of 18 to 24 beds and a Resiliency Coordinator. “1 in 5 Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness,” noted Reeder, who explained that patient treatment is changing. Instead of asking “What’s wrong with you?”, the Sanctuary Model of Care asks, “What has happened to you?” This model of care, in addition to the new BHU, will focus on creating an environment of healing. Asante is also continuing its outreach in the mental health arena with their plan to implement ASPIRE — a program targeted to middle and high school students. This program will allow medical professionals to engage with adolescents and give them the proper tools to help manage anxiety. The healthcare industry is at an important junction, especially in the field of mental health. Reeder believes positive change is on the horizon as Asante makes great strides with their new plan to help the people of Southern Oregon. 

December: Science & Technology
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847

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