At Netsmart, we invest in our associates by providing educational opportunities to enhance their personal and professional lives. In July 2016, we began offering the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
To date, we have presented 13 training sessions to nearly 300 associates with the goal to have 90% of all associates certified. Netsmart associates Julie Hiett and Tricia Zerger went one step further and recently completed training to become certified MHFA instructors where they underwent vigorous training with others from around the country. They attributed their interest in becoming instructors to their passion for serving others.
Since 1949, the United States have observed May as National Mental Health Month, bringing to light the epidemic that affects millions of Americans. Mental Health America, along with other organizations, dedicates the entire month to share information on how to achieve positive mental health, provide helpful resources, and to bring awareness to the topic of mental health.
What is Mental Health?
According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being; It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It’s important to take steps to maintain mental wellness as well as take advantage of resources that are available to become educated on the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
Mental Health Statistics:
Today, mental illness affects all genders, ages, and races across the country:
Ready or not, the impact that post-acute care has on managing population health is here and it’s real. The questions you need to ask yourself and your organization is, “How do we define population health? How much risk are we willing to take on? And, do we have the right technology and resources to analyze data to proactively manage care and measure outcomes?” To become a key player in managing population health, consider these factors to see if your organization is ready to take the first steps in the journey towards true population health management.
It’s no secret that the post-acute healthcare industry is undergoing a revolution to increase successful patient outcomes while reducing the costs it takes to achieve them. The current payment environment is shifting toward the value-based care approach and organizations across the country are working diligently to implement the right steps and the technology to put it into effect.
With nearly 1,300 associates across the country, we are privileged to have many clinicians in the Netsmart ranks. These experienced individuals work hand-in-hand with our technology teams to make sure we’re delivering solutions that work in real-life…not just the testing lab. These associates possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that helps keep our efforts aligned with the needs and goals of our clients.
In this series, we spotlight associates who have worked in the field with patients and organizations, and now call Netsmart home.
Mary Gannon – Chief Nursing Officer, Director, Product Management
Tell us about yourself.
Hello – my name is Mary Gannon and I am a nurse. I grew up in a large Italian/Irish
family in a small town in Northern Illinois with a home health nurse for a mother. After graduating from Rosary High School (“Go Beads!”), I set off to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, determined to achieve my goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian. After a couple of years in the pre-vet program, I was accepted to the Veterinary Medicine school. I had some electives to take and opted for sign language, which led me on a winding path that cumulated in a change of majors to special education and doing a student assignment at the Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) and then at the Kansas School for the Deaf where I was a dorm mother. This opened an opportunity to travel with the Gallaudet Dance Company (Gallaudet is the only university for the deaf in the United States) as one of their interpreters and first-aid person. The assignment with Gallaudet was a short-term one and after talking with my family and sharing stories, they convinced me that I was meant to be a nurse. For what is a nurse but a dorm mother, teacher, wound fixer, arranger, disciplinarian, advocate, caregiver, learner, leader? I was only 21 at the time, so I figured “why not? I’ll give it a try.”
National Council for Behavioral Health’s #NatCon17 was THE place to be in Seattle, Washington, over April 3-5 where we joined thousands of others in making strides for the progress of behavioral health care in America. At our Netsmart booth, visitors had the chance to join us on our journey as we take STEPS towards integrating care across communities. Our booth was jam-packed with interactive features that informed, educated, entertained and included something for everyone who visited.
Throughout the exhibition, we indulged our visitors with tasty treats as they perused our booth offerings. A candy station allowed visitors to take what they need, whether it be peace, courage, hope, laughter, patience or strength. All in Netsmart-colored M&M form, of course.
It’s not long now until one of the most exciting conferences in behavioral health, NATCON17 starts! Join National Council for Behavioral Health, Netsmart and thousands of attendees April 3-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, where we’ll convene at the “Intersection of Innovation and Action.” We’re excited to partner with you on the path to take steps to integrate care. Let’s work together to make an impact on caring for the whole person. Are you ready?
Where to find us:
Booth 404 is where we you can find all things Netsmart! We’re bringing along a great team of associates who are incredibly knowledgeable about our electronic health record (EHR) solutions from A to Z and can help you choose the right Netsmart solutions for your organization. Our experts can show you how we’re connecting all facets of healthcare by integrating care across communities. Want a chance to see our solutions work wonders efficiently and in real-time? Make sure you sign-up for a live booth demo.