Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

The PMFHC is an integrated (physical health/behavioral health) primary care center that is impeded within a behavioral health campus, designed to address the significant disparities in health care for some of the community’s most vulnerable indi¬viduals, many of whom were already being served by the health system’s extensive behavioral health care continuum (i.e., seriously mentally ill and and/or homeless). The need is great. According to National Insti¬tute of Mental Health research, individuals with serious mental illness die on average 25 years ear¬lier than the general population. The cause of pre¬mature death is frequently the result of chronic, but highly treatable, medical conditions, includ¬ing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease, hypertension and cancer. These condi¬tions can be further exacerbated by obesity; a sed¬entary lifestyle; poor nutrition; tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; and other unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Care at the health center is patient-centered, team-based and holistic, with a strong emphasis on consumer engagement and intervention strat¬egies.