Mayo Clinic Health System

Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague is now offering behavioral health services to patients in its Emergency Department via telemedicine. These services include assessment, treatment and placement for outpatient or inpatient behavioral health needs.

“On any given day, a number of patients come to our local Emergency Department who are medically stable, but who otherwise are in crisis,” stated Jason Becker, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. “Through the use of technology, we can now connect those patients experiencing a behavioral crisis with the right resources when they’re needed.”

Behavioral health services via telemedicine are being offered at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague by Behavioral Healthcare Partners (BHP), a Minnesota-based network for more than 5,000 behavioral health provider sites.

“While this new service certainly benefits our patients in a timely manner, it is only an interim solution to a much bigger situation,” Dr. Becker said. “The increased demand for behavioral health services reflects the general absence of these services statewide. Mayo Clinic is actively working with others on a long-term, multi-faceted response to this complex issue.”

Lori Nickel is the publisher and editor of the Lonsdale News-Review. Reach her at 507-744-2551.

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