SunCloud Health is celebrating our one year anniversary!

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We proudly serve patients from the Northshore to heart of Chicago. We have an amazing group of therapists committed to providing the best care and restoring lives for people in our community. What’s coming? As we move in to year two at SCH, we do so with a tremendous amount of momentum, excitement, passion and humility.  In year one year we have successfully launched our daytime adult IOP and PHP programs along with several outpatient groups and individual treatment. Next is an evening adult IOP and an adolescent IOP.  In the meantime, we are in the midst of expanding space in our current location and working toward, “SCH #2” in downtown Chicago. At the heart of everything we do is the quality of clinical work that goes on inside of these four walls.  The care team we have built and continue to build around our patients’ condition is by far the most important part of what we do.  Shale Marks, LSW, CADC and our Acting Executive Director, shares his thoughts on where we are at and where we are going in his video clip.

Recent additions to our team include a full time Registered Dietitian and several therapists, including Hannah Carra.  Every member of the SCH team shares a belief that we must all do our own work in order to provide the best possible care to our patients.  Hannah eloquently speaks to this in her video clip, which we hope you will watch. SCH and Dr. Kim will be speaking at several events over the next few months, all of which are extremely exciting. We are humbled by all of these opportunities and hopeful that those who attend will find value in our participation. Please see below for a list of where we will be this fall, and please come and support us at each of these amazing organizations if you can!

  1. Dr. Kim is participating on a panel at the The 59th Annual ICYPAA (International Conference on Young People in AA) Event in Chicago. Her topic will be, “The Research on AA and the Surgeon General’s Report.  Click Here
  2. Dr. Kim and SCH have been invited to speak at the 2017 Ichom Conference in Washington DC.  Click Here  The panel is titledClinical Care Track: Value-Based Care in the Community Setting.  
  3.  Dr. Kim will be speaking at an Alexian Brothers event on October 27 titled, “A Holistic Approach to the Complex Patient; The Treatment of Eating Disorders and Non Suicidal Self Injury. Dr. Kim is the key note speaker and will be speaking specifically on,  “How to treat the 1/3 of ED patients who have a chronic eating disorder“.  Click Here
  4. Dr. Kim will be speaking at the 2017 BEDA (Binge Eating Disorder Association) Annual Conference.   Her topic is, “What’s Addiction Got to do with it? The Emerging Research Linking Dysfunction In Brain Reward and Compulsivity Circuits to AN, BN and BED“.  Click Here

Treating those who struggle with process addictions and mood disorders in an incredibly challenging venture.  These are not broken bones which can be easily diagnosed with an x-ray and treated with a standard operation with fairly predictable outcomes and a prescription for rehab.  The diseases we treat are complex, often with multiple layers to them.  A diagnosis can change once a patient engages in treatment, and what works for one does not necessarily work for another. Outcomes are difficult to measure and none of us are measuring the same outcomes anyway.  Care models are fragmented, and waste is abundant. Patients are often discouraged from getting help because of stigma and shame and payers don’t want to pay for treatment in large part because they have no idea what they are getting for the money they spend. Ultimately, all of this often results in even more treatment and subsequently more cost.   It also results in poorer outcomes for our patients, which is ultimately what matters most.

There is great potential for improvement on all of these fronts as we move away from a fee for service model and in to a value based model. This new paradigm will naturally align interests, create value and improve quality of care.  We support this powerful shift in medicine and are proud to recognize Beacon Health Options and Column Health for their innovative and exciting collaboration in pioneering a value based model for treating opiate addiction. We are grateful for the risk and the vision both organizations are showing in this effort and we look forward to continuing to be a part of the future of behavioral health in a similar way. READ HERE for the press release.

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