Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center Offers Remote Appointments for Behavioral Health, Medical Patients

The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center (GLIIHC) has implemented a remote platform for Behavioral Health services, said GLIIHC Chief Executive Officer Lyle Ignace, M.D., M.P.H.

“Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) and to maintain the safety of our patients during the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we will be offering a remote platform for our Behavioral Health and Medical Department patients,“ says Ignace.

For access you simply need an email to receive an invite, and either a laptop/desktop with a web camera or a cellphone with video-chat capabilities.

“Patients interested in receiving care through audio video telehealth sessions, please reach out to your provider,”he said. 

“Our protocol set in place to stem exposure from the COVID-19 virus still stands. Prior to visiting GLIIHC or to set up a virtual appointment with your provider, call (414) 383-9526 and our staff will assist you. In the meantime, stay home if you are sick. Practice social distancing, self-quarantine, and hand-washing in your daily lives,” urges Ignace.

“For most, the symptoms of COVID-19 are mild and the recommendation will be for the patient stay home, limit their contact with others (especially at-risk populations such as the sick or elderly) and treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medication,” said Dr. Ignace.

For more information and updates go to www.gliihc.net. https://www.facebook.com/GLIIHC/

Behavioral Health Resources

Please see recommended Behavioral Health Hotline Numbers listed below. All are available 24/7.

 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    • (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Milwaukee County Psychiatric

    • (414) 257-7222

Alcoholics Anonymous

    • (414) 771-9119

211 Social Services Hotline

    • (414) 773-021

Milwaukee County Crisis Resource Centers

    • Southside:   2057 S. 14th Street (414) 643-8778
    • Northside:   5409 W. Villard Street (414) 539-4024

While the risk of catching COVID-19 remains low, please follow these simple steps to help prevent the spread of the virus:

 

  • Practice frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue and toss into a waste basket. Or cover with your arm.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice social distancing of six feet.
  • Avoid large public gatherings and crowds.
  • Avoid meeting in groups of 10 or more.