RG: Strategic partnerships are key to advancing our mission to transform healthcare and this is especially true in behavioral health. Our merger with Carrier Clinic, one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the region, is helping us expand access, better coordinate care, and innovate treatment.
We have dramatically increased access through a rapid expansion of telehealth, which now accounts for about 60 percent of behavioral health visits. Access to behavioral health specialists remains critical to our emergent patients. We are currently offering telepsychiatry services remotely, and will soon be offering this service 24/7 across our network with additional full-time psychiatrists.
We invested $35 million in a central New Jersey hospital campus to consolidate inpatient behavioral health units to provide a new state-of-the-art suite modeled after Carrier Clinic. At the same location, a behavioral health command center will be instituted, serving as the hub for hospitals and clinics, offering urgent consultants and scheduled telehealth visits.
Finally, we will be centralizing the process to schedule a behavioral health appointment, giving simple and easy access to our wide-ranging network of providers.