November 14, 2020 Healthy Living

Frontline Hero: Dr. Julie Morison, HPA/LiveWell

The People’s Choice Awards.

Nominated by their patients and peers, these individuals are being recognized for showing compassion, care, and concern in the midst of a global pandemic.

Dr. Julie Morison

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the nation’s mental health crisis into the spotlight. The pandemic – and its associated economic upheaval – exacerbated the symptoms of many already struggling with mental illness, and caused great stress, worry, and panic for others.

“As clinicians, we’re not normally coping alongside our patients. This is a unique situation because we’re all going through it together.”

That’s according to Dr. Julie Morison, founder and director of HPA/LiveWell in Albany, NY, a behavioral health practice offering a wide range of mental health care services to address eating disorders, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as trauma and ADHD.

When you get knocked down, it’s about figuring out how to bounce back up.

Dr. Julie Morison
Founder and Director, HPA/LiveWell

Morison says the pandemic provided a unique opportunity for her to truly empathize with her patients.

“All of us can fall apart sometimes. Life is hard. But I tell my patients, it’s about resiliency. When you get knocked down, it’s about figuring out how to bounce back up.”

Dr. Julie Morison

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Morison’s office was well-positioned to pivot in the wake of the pandemic. The practice, well-known for its intensive outpatient program, quickly moved from in-person to virtual visits. Morison says she was relieved to see patients completing the program with the same 90-percent success rate in the new, virtual environment.

“This success was a huge team effort. In order for us to be strong for our patients, we needed to be strong as a team. I’ll gladly carry the trophy, but I’ll also pass it around to the entire team!”

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP
About Author

Dr. Bennett was named president and CEO of CDPHP in 2008, after serving as chairman of the board since 2003, vice chairman since 1999, and board member since 1996. Prior to working at CDPHP, Dr. Bennett served as chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital, was a member of Northeast Health Systems’ board of directors, and chaired the department of medicine. Dr. Bennett also served as CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PPLC, where he practiced cardiology with Albany Associates in Cardiology. Dr. Bennett chairs the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny). In addition, he is a member of the boards of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Colonie Senior Service Centers, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Center for Economic Growth, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and the Palace Theatre. Dr. Bennett earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed his residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology.

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