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Doctor joins Meridian Health Services

Dec 27

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— Denise Reeves, an OB/GYN and founder of the Muncie Women’s Center, is now a doctor with Meridian Health Services.

“With the changes going on in health care, it just makes much more sense to be a part of group instead of being out here on your own,” she said. “And I really like their focus on holistic health. Treating the whole body is important and having access to behavioral health services is great.”

Reeves will still run the Muncie Women’s Center, which is now a part of Meridian, and her patients should notice very little difference, “except the sign on the door,” she said.

But for Meridian, the addition of Reeves continues efforts toward providing more medical care in combination with behavioral health.

In recent years, the agency has focused on treating “the whole person,” providing their behavioral health clients with medical attention, which is often necessary when clients receive prescription medication as a part of their care.

Although the agency also treats clients who solely need behavioral or medical care, the hope, according to staff and Meridian CEO Hank Milius, is to see a seamless transition between the two for all clients.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Reeves with us, of course,” said Amelia Clark, vice president of community health. “But we’re really excited to have her help women care for the full spectrum of their lives. Her patients have been happy with her care and we’re excited to introduce her to new patients here at Meridian.”

Presently, the mental health center employs three medical doctors and two family nurse practitioners, but that’s expected to increase to seven doctors by the middle of 2014.

The center has programs in 26 counties throughout the state, but the medical facilities are focused in Delaware and Rush counties.

Reeves will be the only OB/GYN in the Meridian network for the time being, which will keep her busy as she works with her current clients and new patients as well.

She has been in Muncie for 22 years, working as the only OB/GYN at the Muncie Women’s Center, but has been accustomed to changing with the times as she adapts to medical and technological transformations.

As reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare have decreased for patients and as doctors prepare for changes with the Affordable Care Act — also known as ObamaCare — many doctors are joining new medical partnerships to manage overhead costs.

But for Reeves, the move to Meridian isn’t only abut the financial benefits for her. It’s about the new treatments for her patients.

“There are many people in Muncie who need behavioral health care... merging behavioral and medical care can help them get what they need,” she said. “That’s what so exciting about this kind of move. People will get the care they need on many levels.”

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