In 2004, Briana Forrester, the 17-year-old daughter of Doug and Andrea Forrester, was brought to the hospital by ambulance with excruciating head pain. There, tests revealed an Arterio Venous Malformation, or AVM. Like a brain aneurysm, when an AVM bursts, it creates uncontrolled bleeding which requires immediate, high-risk brain surgery. Briana survived multiple surgeries and struggled a month in a neural intensive care unit. Months of rehabilitation followed. She regained her voice and her spirit grew stronger. Then, in a staggering development, she discovered a lump on her neck. The diagnosis: Hodgkin's disease, the "young person's" cancer.
As Briana received treatments of chemotherapy and radiation, her parents received unfathomable bills from dozens of healthcare providers. Seeking explanations, Andrea would be put on hold repeatedly and faced an army of bureaucrats. Some were indifferent, some incompetent and some tried to be helpful but even they couldn't always penetrate the labyrinth of the healthcare system to resolve problems. Andrea felt like a pawn in a bizarre game whose rules were impossible to understand. Finally, the family gave up and hired a professional accountant to handle bills and be their advocate.
After the emergencies had passed and Briana's life returned to normal, the sense of relief and gratitude was awesome. Yet, among some terrible memories which lingered were ones of confusion and anger of having to deal with incomprehensible bills at the most vulnerable of times. Andrea didn't forget those frustrations and reminded her husband: "Doug, when Briana was sick, you vowed to improve how health plans work. Keep that promise now. No family should have to fight to understand their medical bills as their child is fighting for her life. Medical problems are bad enough, but struggling to figure out health plan coverage and bills at a time like that is just too much. We're lucky; every family should have an advocate, not just us."
Soon thereafter, Doug Forrester founded Integrity Health to bring Partnership Health Centers to employers and their employees. Every Partnership Health Center's goal is to be a health advocate for all its members, to promote access to the care they need and to communicate with them in plain language. We invite you to join Partnership Health Centers, the patient's advocate.
Integrity Health is a Health Benefits Management company that specializes in empowering employers and employees to manage and control healthcare spending without reducing benefits but actually enhancing them! "Lower Costs Through Better Health" is our motto. How do we do this? Through the use of our Partnership Health Center, known to participating employees as their "PHC".
Somerset will be the first county in New Jersey to offer its employees and their dependents "one-stop shopping" for healthcare at a center in downtown Somerville. The county freeholders have unanimously agreed to a five-year contract with Princeton-based Integrity Health to establish, manage and operate the Somerset County Partnership Health Center, an on-site health, wellness and care coordination center for county employees, employee dependents and retirees who are covered under the county's health plan. In all, that may total 3,000 people.
ROI NJ has announced the first group of honorees for the inaugural Champions of the C-Suite event, to be held Feb. 19 in Bridgewater. The winners in the CEO Champions category represent chief executives of companies in New Jersey who are influencers, trailblazers, innovators and exemplary leaders who create a better tomorrow for the Garden State's business community.
Doug Forrester, Chairman of Partnership Health Centers, today announced the appointment of Colleen Woods to serve as Chief Information Officer. In this role, Woods will expand ways in which Integrity Health's Partnership Health Centers deliver improved health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for public employers and employees across the state.
Walking into the waiting room of a primary health center like the one Integrity Health is building exclusively for first responders that will debut in 2020 seems too good to be true because, well, there's no wait. All care here is urgent.
Officer Berardi (not his real name) doesn't feel good. It's not a cold or flu. It's not just the chronic back pain that has been keeping him up at night. And as of this morning, it's not constipation. Even though he worked a 12-hour shift and then took on a road job, it's not fatigue, either. He just doesn't feel good.
If he's taking advantage of the forthcoming innovation to elevate total healthcare for NJ State PBA members, Berardi will walk into a First Responders Partnership Healthcare Center (FRPHC) and get some urgent primary care. D