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Patient Services

Adult Primary & Behavioral Care

At Cherokee Health Systems, our philosophy is simple. We believe the best approach to wellness involves treating both the body and mind. That's why we care for our patients using an integrated care model.   This model presents patients and families with opportunities to become actively engaged in comprehensive healthcare.

Integrated Care:  What is it?

A team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians working together with patients and families to provide patient-centered care. This care may address mental health and substance misuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, and stress-related physical symptoms. 

– Adapted from Peek, CJ and the National Integration Academy Council (2013)

What can I expect during my visit?

During your visit, you will meet with several team members who will partner with you to address your healthcare needs.  Your primary care provider will ask about your physical and behavioral health including your mood, energy, sleep, and ways you deal with stress. The primary care provider may ask another team member, a behavioral health consultant (BHC), to offer additional assistance meeting your healthcare goals. As a team, you, your primary care provider, and your BHC, will determine how to best help you reach these goals and develop a plan to help you succeed.