If you live in rural Minnesota, you may know how hard it can be to access mental health services for yourself or a loved one.
On the Iron Range, for example, there’s only one hospital-based behavioral health unit. It’s located in Fairview Range Medical Center and serves communities in the greater Hibbing area.
Not surprisingly, the need for mental health services consistently rises to the top of the list of the most pressing health care concerns expressed by Fairview’s community partners and residents in northeastern Minnesota. We take that need seriously and are committed to improving access to mental health care in the region.
At Fairview Range Medical Center, we’re expanding mental health services in five key ways:
Enlarging our inpatient behavioral health unit
Adding an adult partial hospitalization program
Providing new outpatient counseling services and outpatient psychiatric nurse practitioners
Becoming certified as “behavioral health home”
Providing free Mental Health First Aid courses
I’ve spent an entire career in rural health care, and the need for mental health services has never been greater. Fairview is committed to expanding care and services. It’s all part of helping our communities thrive.
If you have ideas or suggestions on how we can help you meet your health care needs, I invite you to share your comments on this blog.
Deb Boardman, FACHE, CEO, Fairview Range and Fairview North Region President, provides leadership to the geographic region spanning from Wyoming, Minn., north to the Canadian border. This region includes Fairview Lakes, Fairview Northland and Fairview Range medical centers. Deb has spent her career working in—and promoting issues important to—rural health care. She has been active in national, state and local health care-related organizations, including the American Hospital Association regional policy board and the Minnesota Hospital Association board, where she served for more than a decade on several committees and as board chair. She has been a member of governor-appointed task forces on rural health care issues and has testified before state and federal legislative bodies. Deb also has served on various civic and community boards and currently is secretary of the Minnesota Safety Council board.