Genesis will offer mental health services to heart patients

Genesis Psychology Associates and the Genesis Foundation announced that they will receive support to provide mental health services to Genesis cardiac patients.

Quad City Bank & Trust is making a corporate donation to establish outpatient behavioral health services directly at Genesis Heart Institute. The program has placed a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) on site to help identify and treat those in need of the program. According to a press release:

More than 40% of cardiac patients suffer from behavioral health problems, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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“Having experienced a life-changing cardiac event myself, I quickly realized that there was a huge unmet community need for mental health care for patients who experience cardiac events,” John Anderson, CEO of Quad City Bank & Trust and former heart patient at Genesis Health System, says. “When presented with this opportunity, in collaboration with Genesis Health System, QCBT did not hesitate to make a major corporate donation to help Genesis provide essential mental health services to our community. We are delighted to see this program come to fruition and to have helped facilitate the process.

According to Genesis Health:

During the first two weeks following a cardiac event, 15% of patients experience significant clinical depression and 25% experience milder symptoms of depression and anxiety. In a landmark study, the continued presence of depression after recovery increased the risk of death to 17% within six months of heart attack (compared to 3% without depression).

In the case of PTSD, there is a 55% increased risk of cardiac death. However, when treated for their PTSD, patients live about 3.5 times longer than those who are untreated. Additionally, the literature goes beyond the link between behavioral health and increased survival and is associated with a longitudinal decrease in medical costs.

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“Those with heart disease or certain risk factors for developing it, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history or diabetes, may be advised by their doctor to make lifestyle changes” , Jacqueline Madunic, LISW, Psychology Associates, Genesis Health Group, says. “At Genesis, a collaborative care team works with heart patients to develop a tailored plan to help prevent heart disease or slow its progression.”

Genesis Psychology Associates, Genesis Heart Institute, the Genesis Foundation, and Quad City Bank & Trust will make the official announcement of the program on Wednesday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the Genesis Heart Institute, located at 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport. For more information on the Genesis Heart Institute, click here.

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