Mental Health Services Now Available
by Watch Staff
Mar 24, 2008 | 396 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TELLURIDE - The Telluride Medical Center is offering mental health services beginning April 1 with visiting psychiatrist Lori E. Raney, M.D.

“We are extremely excited about the ability to offer improved continuity of care and treatment for our patients,” said Sharon Grundy, M.D., medical director of TMC-Primary Care.

Raney, who lives in Dolores, has been coming to Telluride to ski since the 1990s. She began offering her services in Mountain Village a year and a half ago through private practice and is looking forward to reaching more of the Telluride region’s population.

“Our goal is to treat all patients, even the ones who aren’t able to pay for services. As a practitioner, it’s frustrating not to be able to treat people who can’t afford to pay, but need the care,” said Raney.

The TMC obtained a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation and the Caring for Colorado Foundation to fund this expanded service as part of its Visiting Specialist Program, which provides the opportunity for patients to schedule appointments at TMC with doctors who specialize in orthopedics, cardiology – and now psychiatry.

A recent health assessment done as part of the San Miguel Health Initiative reported “a need in the community for a practitioner who can help patients manage medications,” said Raney, who specializes in pharmacology. Patients at the TMC will benefit from the integrated care model of primary care practitioners working together with a psychiatrist to treat mental health issues.

Raney earned her medical doctor degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1988; following a residency and clinical fellowship, she worked as clinical director and staff psychiatrist at the Kayenta Service Unit in Kayenta, Ariz., for seven years. In 2000, she built a home in Dolores and took a position as the medical director of the Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center in Durango, a job she still holds.

Raney will begin seeing patients Tuesday, April 1; she will be available at the TMC the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Please call the Telluride Medical Center at 970/728-3848 for information or to make an appointment.
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