Desoto/Natchitoches/Vernon/Madison – After recently acquiring the Desoto Healthcare Center, Inc. Outpatient Medical Center Inc. (OMC) has expanded the services to include Behavioral Health. Ms. Sonja Polley will be joining the Desoto Healthcare Center, Inc. team as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Services that Ms. Polly will provide include counseling on grief, stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sexual addiction, traumatic events, workplace issues, crisis intervention, family relationships, pre-marital counseling and marriage counseling.
Prior to expanding services into Desoto Parish, OMC Inc. provided behavioral health services in three of its five health centers locations. After the recent expansion OMC Inc. will be providing behavioral health services in each of its five health centers locations, Tallulah, Natchitoches, Natchitoches School Based, Leesville and Mansfield. Those five health centers expand behavioral health services across four parishes.
OMC Inc. prides itself on serving the underserved. The National Alliance of Mental Illness released a statistic that 1 in 5 United States adults experience mental illness each year. In 2018 OMC Inc. provided mental health services to seven hundred ten patients. Outpatient Medical Center Inc.’s behavioral health department currently offers the following services: ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, childhood trauma, depression, family conflict, grief loss, marital problems, PTSD, stress and substance use counseling.
Ms. Doris Kochinsky, Chief Behavioral Health Officer at OMC Inc., described her perspective on the expansion saying “As Chief of Behavioral Health I am excited about our agency being able to be in some of the areas that are in need of our services and provide exactly what they need. Patients we serve will get exceptional service from highly trained professionals that are eager to help the community take charge of their health!” When ask, what can the public expect next from Desoto Healthcare Center Inc.? Carl Walters II., CEO of OMC Inc., responded “OMC Inc. plans to also bring Outreach and Enrollment Services; a service to help families sign up for Medicaid and other Health Plans available on the Healthcare Exchange; Change-Your-Life Diabetes Prevention/Educational Services designed to promote healthy lifestyles to prevent patients from acquiring diabetes and we plan to expand the offering of Primary Care Services by adding additional Family Medicine clinicians at the health center. OMC Inc. remains 100% committed to taking good care of our valued DeSoto (and surrounding parish) community families. Because caring for you is what we do at Outpatient Medical Center Inc.”