Burke Integrated Health Reports
Successful Health Outcomes

July 19, 2017, Morganton, NC – Burke Integrated Health is improving behavioral and physical health care for less money, according to a new study conducted by Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC). Burke Integrated Health is an integrated care center, supported by Partners Behavioral Health Management, serving residents of Burke County. The center is a collaboration of five health care providers: A Caring Alternative, Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare, Burke Primary Care, The Cognitive Connection, and Access Care from Community Care of Western North Carolina.

CCNC’s independent research compared outcomes from the center’s first seven months in existence, May 2015 to November 2015, to the same period a year later, May 2016 to November 2016. Findings showed that 371 people using Burke Integrated Health as a primary care provider made 50 fewer visits to the emergency room. They also required fewer inpatient services per month.

The report also compared data from November 2015 to January 2016 with data from November 2016 to January 2017. The results showed a 40 percent decrease in emergency room visits and virtually no change to inpatient service needs.

“These results reflect a population becoming healthier and receiving the proper levels of care,” said Paul Caldwell, chief community operations officer for Partners. “The providers at Burke Integrated Health are proving that integrated care works.”

Burke Integrated Health’s Results:

  • 40% decrease in emergency room visits
  • 12% decrease in monthly health costs
  • 13% decrease in monthly inpatient costs

In addition, the CCNC research studied 339 people who used Burke Integrated Health as their medical home, which means the center serves all levels of their behavioral and physical health care in one location. Between October 2015 and January 2017, these 339 people reduced their monthly health costs by 12 percent and monthly inpatient costs by 13 percent.

Partners currently supports integrated care centers in Burke, Lincoln, and Cleveland counties. Centers in Iredell and Gaston counties will open in 2017.

New Executive Director and Location

Renee Bracket became the new executive director of Burke Integrated Health in January 2017. She is overseeing the renovations of a new location for the center. When construction is complete in spring 2017, Burke Integrated Health will move to its new home at 1 North Square in Morganton, NC.

New Physical Health Provider

Partners is also pleased to announce High Country Community Health began providing physical health services at Burke Integrated Health on January 3, 2017. With High Country Community Health comes a Federally Qualified Health Center designation. This designation allows the center to receive funding to provide physical health services for citizens living in poverty.