Increased stress, isolation, and burnout among patients and clinicians amid the COVID-19 pandemic shed light on a widespread lack of mental health resources. Many health systems quickly pivoted mental health strategies to meet this growing need. Becker’s Hospital Review interviewed top healthcare leaders from medical system’s across the country about what each organization is doing in response to current health trends.
David L. Ginsberg, MD, vice chair for clinical affairs and clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine says:
“What has changed most since the pandemic began is the sheer number of people seeking care and diagnosed with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, profound grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We took several steps to address the growing demand for mental health services. Most significantly, we have expanded our telehealth capabilities and significantly increased our number of virtual office visits. This has led to profound shifts in the delivery of psychiatric care—one that has had a positive impact going forward.”
Additionally, NYU Langone Psychiatry Associates has transformed the consultation–liaison psychiatry service to a virtual platform for a subset of patients in Manhattan. “We have also developed and enhanced our network of behavioral health services to meet the growing healthcare demands of our workforce of 45,000-plus employees,” adds Dr. Ginsberg.
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