Changes ahead for behavioral health at Lakeland-Health

ST. JOSEPH — The Behavioral Health program at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph recently underwent several program changes including a new partnership with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

The partnership provides patients access to mental health resources from their Grand Rapids facility, and widens Lakeland’s behavioral health service area. The unit also contracts with Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties to accept patients from anywhere in Michigan who meet admission criteria. Additionally, most insurance plans, including commercial and Medicare, are now accepted.

Sri Uppalapati, MD, joined the Lakeland Health medical staff as the department psychiatrist. Dr. Uppalapati completed his general adult psychiatry residency with the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Uppalapati also recently completed a Sleep Medicine Fellowship with Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and is board-certified in sleep medicine. Hospitalist, John Grabowski, MD, will work with Dr. Uppalapati to provide coverage as needed. Dr. Uppalipati and Dr. Grabowski will be available for emergency room and floor consultations.

A full-time Intake Navigator, Kelly Raymond, MSW, has also joined the behavioral health team. In her role, Kelly provides suicide screening, placement, and psychiatric support to the case managers and social workers on the medical floors.

“These changes will allow us to better meet the needs of our patients, and will increase access to behavioral health care for our community,” said Jean Brosnan, RN, manager patient care, behavioral health. “We’re grateful for the outstanding support that has made these changes possible. We have a very dedicated team, and look forward to serving those in need of our services.”

Dowagiac

Retired Dowagiac resident returns to teaching at 80

Cass County

Report finds problem-solving courts help lower recidivism, unemployment rates

Business

Yarn on Front owner shares how she adapted, overcame pandemic squeeze

Dowagiac

DUS graduate raising money for independent film project

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary Club excited to bring ‘welcome’ sign to community

Berrien County

MDHHS extends epidemic order, strengthens mask requirement for children

Buchanan

Buchanan District Library awarded American Library Association grant

Dowagiac

SMC Board of Trustees prepares for Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation visit

Cass County

Cass County votes to engage Kalamazoo studio for Cass County Historic Courthouse services

Berrien County

Buchanan graduate now Berrien County prosecuting attorney

Cass County

Cass County Veterans Affairs Office welcomes new leadership

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce hosting monthly giveaways

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 770,822 cases, 16,731 deaths

Dowagiac

No danger found following lockdown at DUHS

News

Berrien County Public Defender’s Office to increase staff

Berrien County

Buchanan man named 911 Telecommunicator of the Year

Dowagiac

Dowagiac man arrested for possession of meth

Education

Niles teacher accused of assault pleads not guilty

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: April 7-13

Berrien County

LMC to host virtual career, program expo for prospective students

Dowagiac

Dowagiac woman to compete in ‘Jeopardy!’ 2021 Tournament of Champions

Business

Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce hosts ribbon-tying ceremonies for two new businesses

Dowagiac

Four arrested in Dowagiac drug search

Berrien County

Niles city, DART consider south county expansion