• NEWS RELEASE: Partial Hospitalization Program Helps Vestaburg Woman Through Tough Time

    MyMichigan Health
    News Release

    For Immediate Release
    June 24, 2024

    ALMA, Mich. – There are a variety of circumstances that can impact one’s mental health and lead to an increase in anxiety and depression. Diet, health conditions, certain medications, sleep issues, financial stressors and personal conflict are just a few. There are also varying treatment options that can help those struggling. A program that has proven to be successful for patients of MyMichigan Health is the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). For Alma resident Patsy Deveney, 66, the program proved to offer even more than expected during a tough time.

    Deveney had undergone a surgical procedure on her neck that included the removal of her thyroid. Post-surgical symptoms included hormonal peaks and valleys and inability to sleep. Research shows that a lack of sleep can cause anxiety disorders to develop in someone who is prone to being anxious, with chronic insomnia being a major risk factor for anxiety disorders. She went for days without sleeping, which lead to her anxiety being compounded.

    “When I entered the program, I was at my wits’ end,” Deveney shared, “My anxiety level was extremely high, which compounded my depression, and I was willing to try anything at that point. The attention I received to address both the physical and mental aspects of my condition at that time was nothing short of amazing. I am able to sleep now and am so grateful to have learned all I have from the PHP staff, as well as the other patients in the program.”

    Louise St. John, B.S., R.N., Brandan Snook, M.A., L.PC., and Michelle Lucchesi, M.A., L.L.P., lead the PHP care team which includes psychiatrists, masters-level therapists, advance practice providers and registered nurses. A daily schedule includes psychotherapeutic group sessions and psychoeducational sessions. Patients also have access to a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner at least once a week for consultation or medication review. The PHP provides daily, intensive care for those who are really struggling with their mental health but are able to return safely home at nights and on weekends. 

    The program provides extensive materials to patients on topics such as grief and loss, stress management, assertiveness and boundaries, among others “I was so impressed by the quantity and quality of the materials and information I received,” said Deveney. “They even served us amazing lunches. Another thing that impressed me so much was how staff treated each patient with comfort, care and respect, no matter what their background or current circumstances. It was incredible.”
    Deveney shared that she does well in small groups and appreciated the group therapy sessions offered. Having the opportunity to share her situation with others, and listen to their stories and coping strategies, made her feel less alone.

    “Each member of the care team is so knowledgeable with a temperament that put you at ease,” Deveney explained. “Michelle, Brandon and Louise were absolutely amazing. They truly care about their patients’ overall health. Louise noticed concerning symptoms and insisted I see my primary care provider as soon as possible. I did, and a heart issue was detected. Had she not been so thorough, it could very well have been missed.”

    Deveney continues working with her care teams to address physical issues, and she practices what she’s learned in therapy every day. “I would recommend the program to any and all who are having an issue of any kind,” she said.

    The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is available at MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma and Midland. PHP was established in Alma and adopted in Midland with both programs currently expanding to accommodate more patients. The PHP program accepts voluntary self-referrals, community or physician referral. Sessions are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in more information on the program may visit www.mymichigan.org/php or call (989) 466-3253.

    MyMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 25-counties it serves. With Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with Medical Centers in St. Ignace* and Mackinac Island.* (*Not affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System). MyMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 80 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, family medicine, hematology/oncology, neurosciences, orthopedics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, and more. MyMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts for our region. Recognized by Forbes in 2022 and 2023 as one of ‘America’s Best Employers by State,’ MyMichigan is a major employer in all of the areas it serves. In fact, its more than 10,600 employees, volunteers, health care providers and other personnel work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents in the health system’s 25 counties served. In fiscal year 2023, MyMichigan Health provided more than $128 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.
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