Seton Total Health Partners (STHP) is a program operated by the Seton Family of Hospitals to help people find the medical care they need to stay healthy and out of the hospital. The program was created for people with no insurance or inadequate coverage who have a serious injury or disease that forces them to visit the emergency department or local hospital to receive medical treatment. It works with people to identify ways they can better take care of their health using available community resources.
Program team members assist patients in navigating the healthcare system, help with identifying and overcoming barriers -- such as difficulty in obtaining medications or in finding transportation to appointments -- and provide care in STHP offices and patient homes. The team includes a social worker who is available for counseling to help patients better handle problems in their lives and to find ways around hurdles that may have kept them from receiving appropriate medical care in the past.
Some patients may only need to stay in the program for a brief time. Other patients may stay for much longer. The goal of the program is to provide patients with tools and information they can use to take care of themselves. It links them with community clinics and programs that can help them manage their medical care over the long term.