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2017 Mental Health Awareness Month

2017 Mental Health Awareness Month

A Message from Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems.

May

As we officially enter May, Mental Health Awareness Month, I must first applaud all the wonderful, dedicated individuals who support those with mental health issues. As I reflect on my career and how far we have come with the acceptance of mental health issues, I am the first to admit there is still room for growth. For many, the concern, is access to quality treatment for those seeking care. This is one of the fundamental reasons I began MBHS! Our mission is to provide all types of care, in areas where services are needed. By collaborating with state and local shareholders, we have had the fortunate opportunity to provide the sought after high quality services in areas of need across the country. Meridian Behavioral Health Systems will be on the forefront of providing services in our current and future markets, striving to become the provider of choice, as well as, the employer of choice. We will always provide the best quality care and allow greater access for those in need of help. One thing is certain. . . . and that is, change is constant, we are poised and ready to tackle the challenges of Mental Health Awareness, not only for May but for years to come!


2017 Nurses’ week

2017 Nurses’ week

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems Celebrates Nurses’ Week.

May

The leadership team of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, recognizes the hard work and dedication, nurses provide to patients daily. Wes Mason, President and CEO stated “The nurses are the heart and soul of our facilities; they help drive quality outcomes for our patients, while providing the care and support needed for a speedy healthy recovery.” Throughout the country, nurses are being recognized this week; Meridian Behavioral Health System THANKS OUR NURSES for the care each and every one of you provide daily to ensure the long-term success of patients and Meridian Behavioral Health System.


Meridian Behavioral Health Systems- Is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pine Grove, Elgin SC.

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems- Is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pine Grove, Elgin SC.

April 4, 2017

Pine Grove provides group home living and private educational services for those with Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Elgin SC. 

Situated on 32 beautiful acres, Pine Grove specializes in treating children with autism and intellectual disabilities.  Since 1970 Pine Grove has been known for the family atmosphere, individualized programming, and the ability to positively impact the children and families they serve. 

Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, stated “We are honored to add Pine Grove to our network of facilities” This acquisition totals 3 facilities owned and operated by MBHS in South Carolina; Mr. Mason continued “the addition of Pine Grove was a natural fit to compliment the other services we currently provide in South Carolina”.

Pine Grove, a CARF accredited provider of care, provides, intensive programming and individualized interventions that are tailored to the developmental age and functioning level of the children and adolescents served. Pine Grove provides highly individualized behavior care plans that focus on receptive and expressive communication skills, and social skills.  Pine Grove has also established its own private school that is approved by the South Carolina Department of Education (office of exceptional children), operating year round (240 days).  All group home children are automatically enrolled in the program. 

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems is a national owner, manager, operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems.  Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Compassion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE!


MBHS and its subsidiaries have donated over quarter million dollars to local NAMI organizations

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems makes significant impact on health of kidney patients with $25,000 donation to Tennessee Kidney Foundation

January 24, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 24, 2017) - The Tennessee Kidney Foundation (TKF) will host its fourth annual gala, "Bright Lights, Nashville Nights" on Saturday, March 11, at 6.p.m. at the Omni Nsahville Hotel and the outcome this year will be more impressive with the announcement of a $25,000 donation in conjunction with the event from named sponsor Meridian Behavioral Health Systems.

Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems stated " we are honored to provide this gift to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. Having been personally effected by the loss of my father, Wesley Mason II, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to give back and strive to make Tennessee a healthier place to live and work" Mason continued stating " we look forward to the event and our continued sponsorship of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation"

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems Inc. is a National Provider of Behavioral Health Hospitals which provide a continuum of needed care, in our expanding locations. More information can be found on our website : http://meridianbhealth.com/index.htm

This black-tie optional event will bring lower Broadway into the ballroom with a Nashville-centric cocktail reception where guests will enjoy specialty drinks followed by a gourmet, four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef David Harker. Guests will then enjoy live music and dancing and have the opportunity to bid in a Nashville-themed silent auction. Jenny Gill, daughter of Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, will provide the evening's entertainment along with singer-songwriter Jason White. Jenny Gill made her Grand Ole Opry debut on February 11 and is poised to release her debut album on February 17.

The Bright Lights, Nashville Nights gala committee includes Amy Peterson, whose connection to kidney disease became closer than ever when she donated a kidney to her father in 2011. In addition, the late Dr. Gerald Schulman, a respected nephrologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will be honored at the event for his life's work bringing attention to kidney health.

"We are always amazed by the generosity of the Nashville community and their willingness to provide resources for their most vulnerable neighbors," said Heather Powell, CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. "This event is our largest fundraisers and this donation from Meridian Behavioral Health Systems will ensure that we will serve more patients than ever before this year. The funds we raise will allow us to continue providing direct assistance to kidney patients, offering free kidney disease screenings and prevention education."

Since 1969, the TKF has united Tennesseans in the fight against kidney disease. Evidence of the TKF commitment is seen around the community where the TKF provides kidney disease screenings at churches, schools and walks.

Funds raised from Bright Lights Nashville Nights will be used to improve the health and wellbeing of Tennesseans affected by kidney disease through education, prevention, and promotion of organ donation. This evening of fundraising is made possible through generous contributions from the following organizations:

  • Meridian Behavioral Health Systems
  • Nephrology Associates
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Fresenius Kidney Care
  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
  • Gibson Foundation
  • DaVita
  • ServisFirst Bank
  • US Renal Care
  • Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease
  • St. Thomas Health - Ascension
  • US Renal Care

The ticket price is $250.00 or $2,500.00 for a table of ten and tickets are on sale at http://springsoiree.org or by calling 615-383-3887. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and 100% of funds raised benefit the programs of TKF. For information on how to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please contact Heather Powell at (615)383-3887 or heather@tnkidney.org.

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About the Tennessee Kidney Foundation

The mission of Tennessee Kidney Foundation is to empower and support those at risk or affected by kidney disease. TKF's vision is a Tennessee where the rate of kidney disease is minimized and everyone who needs care receives care. TKF is the only organization providing transportation assistance, emergency assistance, education, preventative kidney screenings and promotion of living kidney donation in Middle Tennessee. TKF met more than 1,600 requests for assistance in 2016 and provided screenings for hundreds of individuals. You can help: learn more about the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, please visit www.tennesseekidneyfoundation.org.

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems is honored to be a Gold Sponsor of 2017 JDRF Promise Gala

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems is honored to be a Gold Sponsor of 2017 JDRF Promise Gala

January 14, 2017

Nashville, TN, 2/14/17 - Meridian Behavioral Health Systems supports JDRF in its unwavering commitment to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). We are thrilled to partner with JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research.

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems is extremely proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2017 JDRF Promise Gala in Nashville. JDRF exists for the millions of children, adults, and families affected by T1D every single day. Their determination to overcome this disease inspires all of us at Meridian Behavioral Health Systems.

The black tie gala will include a cocktail reception; a multi-course dinner; silent and live auctions; JDRF's signature Fund A Cure program and live musical entertainment.

More than 80% of JDRF expenditures support T1D research and research-related education. Last year's JDRF Promise Gala event drew over 750 guests and raised more than $1.3M for the JDRF Middle Tennessee chapter.

Join JDRF and Meridian Behavioral Health Systems for an unforgettable evening of raising funds to "Turn Type One into Type None" on April 22. Visit www.jdrf.org/promisegala or contact Mary Lyn Schuh at 615.383.6781 or mschuh@jdrf.org.

About Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age and suddenly. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure yet.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research to date and made significant progress in understanding and fighting the disease. JDRF works with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. JDRF's staff and volunteers are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF.

Steely named CEO of Red River Youth Academy

Steely named CEO of Red River Youth Academy

November 9, 2016

Amy Steely, LPC, Chief Executive Officer. Steely had served as the adolescent residential treatment center’s AdmissionsCoordinator since May. She was instrumental in establishing the facility’s day treatment program, Red River Day School, in 2015 and served as Clinical Director for the program during the 2015-2016 school year.

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Steely’s passion is working with children, adolescents and their families to reach their goals and lead healthier, happier lives.Prior to joining the Red River Youth Academy team, she provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults at an outpatient, community mental health agency. She also previously served as a therapist, admissions coordinator, and clinical director of a 64-bed adolescent residential treatment center.

Steely is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State University and aMaster’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. She is pursuing graduate studies in School Psychology and Applied Behavioral Analysis to further her knowledge of the unique academic, emotional, and behavioral needs of children and adolescents.

Williamston Youth Academy Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Williamston Youth Academy Open House and Ribbon Cutting

September 2016

The leadership team and staff of Williamston Youth Academy were pleased to have their open house of Williamston Youth Academy located in Williamston, SC.  Tours, refreshments and snacks were provided for all those that attended. 

Local and State officials were in attendance of the open house that showcased the newly remodeled building and grounds, as well as new clinical and educational programming.

Local Representative, Ms. Anne Thayer was present for the open house and tour.  Also in attendance were City Council members Scott Otis, Rockey Burgess and David Harvell, to show their support of the Williamston Youth Academy and welcomed the staff to the area.  

Dr. Mack Durham, Mayor of Williamston, spoke at the ribbon cutting and expressed gratitude and appreciation to have a unit named after him because of his support of the Williamston Youth Academy opening in this community.   Sonya Crandall of Envision Williamston was also in attendance to capture the opening and show her support for the local Revitalize Williamston campaign.   

Williamston Youth Academy is anticipated to begin providing services to children and families in need on or around October 1st, 2016.

Northlake Behavioral Health announces new CEO

Northlake Behavioral Health announces new CEO

September 2016

Wes Mason President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems is please to appoint Marty Dean as CEO of Northlake Behavioral Health System.  “Marty brings a level of commitment, passion and dedication to the field that matches the  mission and goals of Meridian Behavioral Health” said Mason on this appointment.  “I look forward to Marty operating Northlake, during this exciting time of growth and continuing to build on the great outcomes for our patients”.  

Marty Dean has extensive experience in hospital administration and behavioral health spanning 30 years.  Marty is extremely active in the community as evidenced by 21 years of being on the Parish council and also an elected official on the City Council. 

Dean on his appointment stated “It is an honor to serve as CEO of Northlake Behavioral Health System, after meeting the caring and dedicated staff that work with the patients daily, I knew immediately that this is a facility that I wanted to be a part of” 

Behavioral health facility locating in old hospital building

Behavioral health facility locating in old hospital building

May 25, 2016

Representatives of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems recently met with members of Williamston Town Council to explain their plans for the old Williamston hospital building on Williams Street. Workers have been in the process of a $2 million renovation of the facility which will serve as a residential group home for ages from 6 to 21.

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Red River Youth Academy staff honored for supporting youth

Red River Youth Academy staff honored for supporting youth

June 7, 2016

Kerry Hardeman, Red River Youth Academy Supervisor, was recently named Youth Work Professional Supervisor of the Year.

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Wes Mason President and CEO gives back to community

Wes Mason President and CEO gives back to community

February 1, 2016

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Press Conference Held at Northlake Behavioral Health System

Press Conference Held at Northlake Behavioral Health System

September 2, 2015

A major step forward was made this week in the battle to get control of the ongoing mental health crisis on the Northshore. When budget cuts threatened to shutdown the Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish leaders moved quickly to keep the doors open.

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St. Tammany Parish assumes ownership of Mandeville mental health hospital

St. Tammany Parish assumes ownership of Mandeville mental health hospital from state

March 30, 2015

Local County assumes ownership of grounds

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MBHS announces expansion at Northlake Behavioral Health System.

Meridian Behavioral Health System, announces expansion at Northlake Behavioral Health System.

March 25, 2015

Northlake Behavioral Health System is pleased to announce it has added 16 adult inpatient psychiatric beds to its campus in Mandeville, LA.

This addition to the campus allows its dedicated staff to treat adults from the entire state of LA who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis and require compassionate care. Richard Kramer CEO of Northlake Behavioral Health System stated "We are delighted to be able to expand our services to meet the needs of the state of LA, with the addition of these 16 beds we now operate 90 acute care beds and a psychiatric residential treatment program that can provide care for 45 children and adolescents."

Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health System stated "this expansion shows our continued dedication to work with the state of LA to meet the needs of its residents" Northlake Behavioral Health System continues to plan for growth, with the expansion of 20 beds in the residential services slated for this spring.

For more information about Northlake Behavioral Health System and the array of services that are provided please visit: http://www.northlakebehavioralhealth.com

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

Meridian Behavioral Health System acquires TN facility

Meridian Behavioral Health System acquires TN facility

March 13, 2015

Meridian Behavioral Health System is pleased to announce the acquisition of Group Effort Foundation, Inc.

Group Effort is a 24 bed residential facility for adolescent boys serving the children and families of Tennessee since 2005. The facility, located in the beautiful rolling hills of Gallatin, TN, just outside of Nashville, provides a great place to heal in a home-like environment. Group Effort staff members dedicate themselves to create a supportive and safe environment through the implementation of practical clinical programming and positive behavioral modeling and support.

Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, stated "We are pleased to add Group Effort into our network of facilities. They have an excellent track record of positive outcomes for children and families. It was an easy decision to acquire Group Effort as it promotes the same core values of quality care and respect for patients as all other Meridian Behavioral Health System facilities promote." Over the next 12 months, Meridian Behavioral Health Systems plans to invest over $350,000 to upgrade the current facility and expand beds to serve the needs of more children and families. For more information regarding Group Effort please go to: http://www.geffort.com/home/home.php

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

MBHS announces State Recognition of Seacoast Youth Academy

Meridian Behavioral Health System announces State Recognition of Seacoast Youth Academy.

February 19, 2015

Seacoast Youth Academy staff is recognized by State.

Meridian Behavioral Health System is pleased to announce that the "One person can make a difference award", through the Palmetto Association for children and families, was recently awarded to Seacoast Youth Academy's own Harvey McCray. Harvey has been a key resource and asset to Seacoast since 2006. He has worked throughout the continuum of Seacoast and has been the Program Manager since 2014.

The award was given on February 12th. Representatives from around the state were present for the prestigious award. After being surprised by the announcement, Harvey gave a motivational acceptance speech which was followed by a standing ovation. Several executives from Meridian Behavioral Health System were present for the ceremony. Kenny Dixon, Executive Director of Seacoast Youth Academy stated "today is a day about Harvey, for so many years he has cared for others and now it is our turn to recognize his years of dedication and caring nature toward the kids and families.

Wes Mason CEO and President of Meridian Behavioral Health System was very proud of Kenny and Harvey stating, "Harvey represents all of the qualities that MBHS looks for in its employees, his compassion and care for those we serve, is a role model for all staff within our system" Seacoast Youth Academy also recognized Harvey with a two night stay at an ocean front resort.

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

MBHS announces ground breaking at Seacoast Youth Academy

Meridian Behavioral Health System announces ground breaking at Seacoast Youth Academy

November 13, 2014

Group Home Expansion Project will add 15 critically needed resident rooms for Seacoast Youth Academy

The project consists of 5 additional residential rooms to house 10 male and 5 female residents. The design allows the rooms to be used for kids in need of care while providing excellent care and supervision to residents.

The project is a 2,939 square footage expansion which will also include new space for administration, multi- purpose rooms, and visitation rooms. The design of the exterior was informed, in large part, by the design of the existing building which sits on 7 acres. The planned large windows will allow natural light in the rooms and general areas providing for a therapeutic upbeat living environment for those in need.

To learn more about Seacoast Youth Academy please visit: http://www.seacoastyouthacademy.com/

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

Meridian Behavioral Health Announces New CAO for Kenbridge Youth Academy

Meridian Behavioral Health Announces New CAO for Kenbridge Youth Academy

October 17, 2014

Meridian Behavioral Health Announces new CAO for Kenbridge Youth Academy:

Meridian Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that John Bachand has been appointed as the Chief Administrative Officer of Kenbridge Youth Academy. Mr. Bachand, has over 15 years of experience in behavioral health services, starting as direct care staff at a residential facility. Most recently, Mr. Bachand served as the Senior Licensing Specialist with the Virginia State Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Office of Licensing. He was responsible for the licensing and oversight of over 60 state providers of Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Services.

After completing his undergraduate work in Psychology at Old Dominion University, he received his graduate degree in counseling, Summa Cum Laude from Southern California University. Mr Bachand stated "I am honored to serve with such a dedicated group of staff at Kenbridge Youth Academy, striving to better the physical and emotional barriers from past experiences. Having worked my way through the ranks in various settings, allows me to be a unique leader with the understanding of what it takes to begin the healing and recovery process for the children and families we serve"

Mr. Wes Mason, CEO and president of Meridian Behavioral Health stated, "I am excited to have John begin in this role as CAO, he will provide excellent leadership and supervision to the staff, strengthening the positive outcomes for children and families. Under John's leadership we are expecting to continue to bring needed jobs to Kenbridge VA" To learn more about Kenbridge Youth Academy please visit: http://www.kenbridgeyouthacademy.com/

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

Seacoast Youth Academy Expansion Announced

Seacoast Youth Academy Expansion Announced

May 28, 2014

Immediate and long term expansion plans for Seacoast Youth Academy

Meridian Behavioral Health System is excited to announce the immediate expansion of four beds with plans of adding another 16 to meet the growing needs of the children and families they serve. New construction for the 16 beds is scheduled to begin in August for the state of the art expansion.

Executive Director, Kenny Dixon stated, “The staff and I at Sea Coast Youth Academy are thrilled that we have the opportunity to provide our excellent services to more kids and families”. Kenny went on to say “The new furniture and floors recently upgraded throughout our facilities makes our facility feel like a therapeutic safe haven for children and families receiving care”

Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health stated “This expansion of services in South Carolina demonstrates our companies’ commitment to growth and expansion, while continuing to provide world class care and service to our patients.” Mr. Mason and other executives from Meridian Behavioral Health System plan on attending the ground breaking ceremony in August. More information and pictures of the upgraded facilities of Seacoast Youth Academy can be found at http://www.seacoastyouthacademy.com

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE

Northlake Behavioral Health System Expands Services

Northlake Behavioral Health System Expands Services

September 16, 2013

Grand opening of outpatient services at Northlake Behavioral Health System.

Meridian Behavioral Health System is pleased to announce the grand opening oftheir outpatient services program at Northlake Behavioral Health System. Located on the main campus, in the newly renovated Outpatient Care Center, the program offers a Partial Hospital Program for those requiring services for substances and/or mood disorders.

Under the Medical Direction of Dr. Lee, patients can receive services up to five times a week in a medically monitored, clinically effective proven program. Richard Kramer, CEO of NLBHS states, "We are very pleased to provide this much needed level of service to the NOLA community. We worked diligently with the community and the State, who identified this as a need. We are honored to be able to fill this gap in services."

Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health System, was present for the grand opening. Wes proudly said "The expansion of outpatient services at Northlake, strengthens our position and shows our commitment to NOLA and the State of Louisiana."

More information regarding PHP and other services offered at Northlake Behavioral Health System can be found at: www.northlakebehavioralhelath.com

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

Meridian Behavioral Health System acquires facility in South Carolina

Meridian Behavioral Health System acquires facility in South Carolina

August 16, 2013

Meridian Behavioral Health is pleased to announce they have acquired Seacoast Youth Academy.

Seacoast Youth Academy is a 45 bed Group Care Intensive Services (GCIS) facility licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Situated on 3 pristine acres, Seacoast is a 10,000 square foot facility, located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, just 6 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

Wes Mason CEO and founder of Meridian Behavioral Health stated "We are very pleased to add group homes to our continuum of services we provide across the country, Seacoast has long been a provider of choice for children requiring this level of care" Mr. Mason further stated, he "is impressed with the dedicated professionals at Seacoast and looks forward to sharing best practices across the continuum to best serve the patients and families whose lives Meridian Behavioral Health touches daily"

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

Chris Frater Named Chief Financial Officer

Chris Frater Named Chief Financial Officer

June 27, 2013

Meridian Behavioral Health is pleased to announce Chris Frater as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Frater brings over 12 years of for profit and non-profit financial behavioral healthcare experience. Before joining Meridian, Mr. Frater worked for one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in the country, overseeing individual and multi site operations.

A native to New Orleans, Mr. Frater will be located in the Louisiana office, however, he will oversee all of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare financial operations.

Wes Mason, Founder and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare commented, "We are thrilled to have Chris with us, he has a strong track record as an extremely competent and ethical financial officer."

Mr Frater. Stated, "I am glad to be back in New Orleans, and look forward to working with all of the facilities across the nation in the Meridian Family"

Chris, his wife, and three children are enthusiastic to rejoin their friends, family and the New Orleans community.

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

MBHS Opens Residential Services in Kenbridge VA with Open House Scheduled

Meridian Behavioral Health System Opens Residential Services in Kenbridge VA with Open House Scheduled

June 20, 2013

Meridian Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the opening of the Kenbridge Youth Academy a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.

Kenbridge is pleased to announce our open house on July 12th, 2013
10a-3p.

Kenbridge began providing services in June for children in need of specialized services including autism spectrum disorders.

Our newly renovated buildings ensure a safe and nurturing environment for males ages 7-17 to heal and grow to productive young adults. Located in the rolling hills of VA the four separate units totaling 60 beds are specially designed for healing.

We would like to thank the County of Lunenberg and the City of Kenbridge for their collaboration to create RTC services in the county and state of VA. We would also like to thank all of our staff who continues to work diligently to provide the best psychiatric services in VA.

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

Northlake Behavioral Health System Announces Expanded Services

Northlake Behavioral Health System Announces Expanded Services

June 10, 2013

Meridian Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the expansion of services at its Northlake Behavioral Health System located in Louisiana.

The State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued the license for the 60 bed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility today. Wes Mason CEO and founder of Meridian Behavioral Health stated "he is proud of the team at Northlake Behavioral Health System for this accomplishment, this marks a major milestone, not only for Meridian but for the State of Louisiana. Northlake Behavioral Health System is the only behavioral health facility in the state where adolescents are able to access care for inpatient as well as residential services, allowing for smooth transitions for children and families as they move along the continuum of care."

Richard Kramer, CEO of Northlake Behavioral Health System stated "we are excited and honored to have this opportunity to better serve the children and families of Louisiana. We will continue to provide excellent services and meet the needs of our local and state communities."

It is anticipated that referrals will begin to be accepted in July 2013, as specialized training is provided to staff.

Meridian Behavioral Health is a national operator of psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and chemical dependency systems. Meridian was founded on the principles of Integrity, Caring, Passion, Loyalty, Respect, Accountability and EXCELLENCE.

MBHS appoints Executive Leadership of Mandeville, Louisiana Hospital

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems appoints Executive Leadership of Mandeville, Louisiana Hospital

December 17, 2012

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, LLC ("Meridian") announced today the appointment three key executives to the staff of Meridian's newest operation, Northlake Behavioral Health System in Mandeville, LA.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – December 12, 2012 – Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, LLC (“Meridian”) announced today the appointment three key executives to the staff of Meridian’s newest operation, Northlake Behavioral Health System in Mandeville, LA.

Richard Kramer, FACHE, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and will begin his employment with Meridian on January 2, 2013 when Meridian assumes full responsibility for the operations and services provided at the current Southeast Louisiana Hospital location. Over the past year, Kramer has served as the Director of Hospital Services under the Office of Behavioral Health, Louisiana Dept. of Health & Hospitals. Kramer has been the CEO of Southeast Louisiana Hospital since 2010 and has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health hospital administration.

Meridian also announced the appointment of Georgia Johnson, NEA-BC, CPHE as Northlake’s Director of Nursing, and Sharon Taylor as the Director of Human Resources for Northlake. Johnson will be joining Northlake and Meridian with over 40 years experience in behavioral health nursing. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is the current President of the Northshore Nurses Association. Johnson has been the Director of Nursing at Southeast Louisiana Hospital for the past 5 years. Taylor comes to Northlake and Meridian with over 25 years of executive level experience in Human Resources within the public and private sectors. She has been a Director of Human Resources with the Louisiana Dept. of Health & Hospitals since 2005.

“We are pleased to welcome Richard, Georgia, and Sharon to our management team and look forward to all that they will contribute to Northlake and to our company,” said Wesley E. Mason, CEO of Meridian.

“Each of these highly regarded professionals has been with DHH for a significant portion of their careers, and their acute understanding of the current SELH hospital operations, as well as the clients served here, will be invaluable to ensuring a smooth transition of the hospital to Meridian’s management.”, said Mason.

On December 3, 2012, Meridian entered into an agreement with the Louisiana Dept. of Health & Hospitals to provide inpatient psychiatric services for 58 adults and adolescents clients at what will soon become Northlake Behavioral Health System.

To date, Meridian has met with over 300 of the hospital’s current employees who have expressed interest in employment opportunities at Northlake. Meridian anticipates that over 90% of the Northlake workforce will be comprised of individuals who are current SELH hospital employees, and that full time employment offers will be extended to approximately 150 individuals over the next week in order to meet or exceed regulatory, accreditation, and industry standards for client care at Northlake.

About Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, LLC
Meridian is a fully integrated behavioral health company formed in early 2012 by experienced hospital operators and healthcare investors to provide a full spectrum of behavioral health services throughout the US for all populations, including inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, substance abuse treatment and alternative educational programs. For more information, visit www.meridianbhealth.com or call (855) 777-6247.

SELH Press Conference - St. Tammany Parish, LA

SELH Press Conference - St. Tammany Parish, LA

December 3, 2012

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems to assume operational control of the Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, LA.

SELH PRESS CONFERENCE 12/3/12 from Access St. Tammany on Vimeo.

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