Elk Regional, Dickinson Center Announce Partnership

Elk Regional Health Center and Dickinson Center, Inc. have announced that Dickinson Center’s Crossroads Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program will move to Elk Regional’s St. Marys campus as part of an initiative designed to consolidate the locations of Dickinson Center programs.

Beginning July 1, the Crossroads program will be located on the third floor of the 1941 stone building on Elk Regional’s campus in an office suite that encompasses approximately 3,500 square feet.

“We are pleased to announce this partnership with Dickinson Center,” said Gregory P. Bauer, the president and CEO of Elk Regional Health System. “Since its inception, Dickinson Center has been a shining example of excellence in health care. Bringing Dickinson Center to Elk Regional’s campus will not only enhance the care they’re able to provide but will also allow us to partner with a local organization whose ideals so closely match our own.”

Jack Goga, the CEO of Dickinson Center, Inc. said his organization is “very excited” about the developing partnership with Elk Regional.

“We view it as an opportunity to establish a collaborative relationship with a premiere regional health care facility that will be able to more effectively promote an integrated system of care,” Goga said. “Elk Regional is an outstanding regional health care provider committed to service excellence and treating patients and residents at every stage of life with dignity, respect, and compassion.”

Dickinson Center’s Crossroads Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program provides services to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 who reside within seven school districts throughout Elk, Cameron, McKean, and Clearfield/Jefferson counties.

Adolescents who take part in the Crossroads program have been diagnosed with mental health symptoms that are severe enough to cause a disruption in multiple areas of the patient’s life. They may also suffer from emotional or behavioral problems that interfere with their ability to function and learn at home, at school or as part of their community.

Crossroads participants receive group, family and individual counseling, along with medication management and academic instruction that follows the curriculum determined by their home school district.

The program currently serves 22 families in Elk, Cameron, McKean, and Jefferson counties.   

“There are several benefits associated with moving Crossroads to Elk Regional’s campus in St. Marys,” said Tonya Wolfe, the Unit Director for Crossroads. “The program will have more space, which will allow us to provide a more effective treatment program that focuses on a wider range of treatment needs, including more severe behavioral disturbances and co-occurring disorders.  The larger space will also enable Crossroads to expand its licensed capacity, allowing us to serve more adolescents.”

Many of the adolescents admitted to Crossroads have both physical and mental health concerns, Mrs. Wolfe said. Those who are taking certain medications may require routine blood tests.

“Moving Crossroads to the campus of a full-service hospital will make the coordination of these medical services much more streamlined and will also eliminate the transportation barrier,” Mrs. Wolfe said.

Dickinson Center is currently undergoing an initiative to consolidate its programs into two locations, one of which is Elk Regional’s St. Marys campus. The second location will be a new 26,000-square-foot facility that will be constructed in Ridgway. Construction on that facility is scheduled to begin this year and will last into 2012.

Dickinson Center, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that provides a variety of mental health, intellectual and developmental disability and children’s prevention services to individuals and families who reside in Elk, Cameron, Potter, McKean, Clearfield, Jefferson, Forest and Warren counties. Dickinson Center, Inc. is a P.A.N.O. certified organization and was awarded certification under the Standards for Excellence program, which is bestowed only to the most well-managed and responsibly governed non-profit organizations that have demonstrated compliance with 55 specific Standards for Excellence based upon honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability.  Dickinson Center, Inc. is also licensed with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Developmental Programs and the Office of Aging.

Elk Regional Health Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, 80-bed general acute care institution backed by the expertise of a dedicated, employed physician group. With campuses in St. Marys and Ridgway and physician offices in a number of locations throughout the region, Elk Regional proudly serves the residents of Elk and Cameron counties. It is the ongoing mission of the Elk Regional Health System to provide premier healthcare services to our patients through our commitments to service, quality, people, finance and growth, all while maintaining economic viability and keeping an eye on the future.

Photo: Jack Goga, the CEO of Dickinson Center, Inc., and Gregory P. Bauer, the President and CEO of Elk Regional Health System, look over architectural plans for the new Crossroads office suite.

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