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Scott Hullinger announced as CEO of Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital

August 21, 2018

 

Scott Hullinger

US HealthVest announces Scott Hullinger, MS, MSW, has been selected to serve as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, a new psychiatric hospital, which is on schedule to open in January 2019. Scott has extensive experience in the inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services field having spent the last 25 years at the executive level in CEO and divisional and regional positions with responsibility overseeing as many as 15 hospitals. He has a wealth of knowledge with employee and physician recruitment and satisfaction, regulatory compliance, program development, and clinical operations for mental and substance abuse treatment caring for all patient populations.

 

 

A licensed social worker, he most recently held the position of Regional Vice President for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) with oversight for behavioral health services within 9 hospitals and two access referral centers throughout the far west, continental and mountain divisions of HCA. Throughout his career, Scott shared his knowledge as an adjunct instructor at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky and the University of Kentucky for both undergraduate and graduate social work students.

 

Scott holds a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Evansville, Master of Social Work degree from University of Kentucky and a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Music from Wittenberg University. Scott is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Quality and the National Association of Social Workers, serving on delegations to Brazil and Russia. In addition, Scott was a member of the American Psychological Association’s and American Association on Mental Retardation delegations to China.

US HealthVest Gains CON Approval for Expansion of Ridgeview Institute – Monroe

June 29, 2018
Expansion Addresses Shortage of Psychiatric Services
 
Atlanta, Georgia – June 29, 2018 – US HealthVest received Certificate of Need Approval to expand Ridgeview – Institute Monroe to 88 inpatient psychiatric beds.
 
“Since the opening of Ridgeview Institute – Monroe in 2017, we have treated over 4,000 patients in our inpatient and outpatient programs,” said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and CEO of US HealthVest.  “With these new beds, we are able to meet the increasing need for specialized psychiatric services in the Atlanta area.”
 
Located at 709 Breedlove Drive in Monroe, Georgia, the hospital provides behavioral health and addiction treatment services for adolescents, adults and senior adults.  Comprehensive services include free 24/7 assessments, inpatient, and outpatient care.  A full range of specialized programs such as a Women’s Program and a Geriatric Program is also provided.
 
Ridgeview Institute – Monroe is part of the Ridgeview network of hospitals that are owned and operated by US HealthVest.  Founded in 1976, Ridgeview has gained a national reputation for its treatment of more than 80,000 patients. 

US HealthVest Opens Military Care Unit at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Seattle, WA

June 22, 2018

When Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital opened their Extra Mile Military Care center in February, people took notice. Some traveled from as far as Okinawa, Japan to seek the veterans’ medical care that is now being provided in Snohomish County.

The care center is available to veterans, current service members, and their families. It is the only facility of its kind in the state of Washington. The care center was dedicated in honor of retired Army Master Sgt. Leroy Petry on the 74th anniversary of D-Day.

The objective of the care unit is to help treat disorders such as addiction, PTSD, and treatment for depression.

“We treat a high percentage of civilians in this hospital of course, but we would not be able to do that without the freedoms provided to us by the service members” Crockett added.

Veterans who do not have access to healthcare, or are homeless will not be turned away either. In fact, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital will seek to connect veterans in need with Veteran Affairs in order to help them in their time of need.

Up to 20 percent of people who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder in a given year. Around 20 veterans die by suicide each day.

“This is our opportunity to reverse those trends,” Crockett said.

Be sure to watch the video linked below for additional information!

Ridgeview Institute – Monroe Receives ‘Build Georgia Award’

June 08, 2018

Atlanta, GeorgiaJune 8, 2018 – Ridgeview Institute – Monroe received the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC) ‘Build Georgia Award’.  AGC Georgia members participate in the prestigious AGC Build Georgia Awards competition to celebrate their firm and projects demonstrating construction excellence.

AGC praised the facility which “reused the existing 1950s concrete structure, which has been added and renovated multiple times. The finished facility houses new staff offices, physician offices, patient rooms, patient restrooms, a kitchen and a new roof.” This facility and renovation project was the work of Carroll Daniel Construction.

Located at 709 Breedlove Drive in Monroe, the hospital provides behavioral health and addiction treatment services for adolescents, adults and senior adults.  Comprehensive services include free 24/7 assessments, inpatient, and outpatient care. A full range of specialized programs such as a Women’s Program and a Geriatric Program is also provided.

Ridgeview Institute – Monroe is part of the Ridgeview network of hospitals that are owned and operated by US HealthVest.  Founded in 1976, Ridgeview has gained a national reputation for its treatment of more than 80,000 patients.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital Dedicates Treatment Unit to Medal of Honor Recipient on D-Day

June 07, 2018

Marysville, WA –  June 6, 2018 – Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital dedicated the first in-patient care and treatment program for Active Duty Military, Guard, Reserves, our honored Veterans, and family members in Washington State.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville, Washington, is committed to advancing the Gold standard of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.  We are privileged to serve the Armed Forces and our Veteran population and have enlisted the support of Master Sergeant (ret) Leroy A. Petry, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

MSG Petry is pleased to endorse Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital’s new Extra Mile Military Care™ program to see this goal realized.  “If having my name associated with the Extra Mile program encourages someone to seek the help they need, I’m all for it,” says MSG Petry.

On May 26, 2008, while serving with the elite 2/75th Ranger Battalion, headquartered at Fort Lewis, Washington, then Staff Sergeant Petry was participating in an audacious daylight raid against a well defended Taliban encampment in Paktya, Afghanistan.  The enemy, well dug in and exceptionally determined to withstand the Rangers’ assault, engaged Staff Sergeant Petry and his team of Rangers within hand to hand combat range.  Petry, the senior non-commissioned officer during the clearing of the enemy compound, was wounded in both legs during the assault.  Almost immediately afterward an enemy grenade landed among Petry and two other Rangers.  Without hesitation, Petry grabbed the grenade, throwing it away from his fellow Rangers.  Per the official Medal of Honor narrative “Staff Sergeant Petry threw it away from his fellow Rangers resulting in a catastrophic amputation of his right hand and multiple shrapnel wounds penetrating his body.” After the explosion Petry applied his own tourniquet, reported he had been wounded again but was still in contact with the enemy.

Master Sergeant (MSG) Petry became the first Army Ranger to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions that day.  He would recover from his wounds and go on to work closely as a wounded warrior advocate with the Special Operations Command’s Care Coalition.  Master Sergeant Petry, a longtime Washington resident, will speak about reducing the stigma of combat related PTSD in our Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and Veteran populations and the importance of self-care and seeking help for the invisible wounds of war.

Ms. Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, was the master of ceremonies for this special event.  Ms. Alvarado-Ramos served 22 years in the United States Army.  She retired in August 1993 as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Hospital and Troop Command at Joint Base Lewis McChord.  Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit and Expert Field Medical Badge.

Honored guests in attendance:

  • Master Sergeant Leroy A. Petry, Medal of Honor Recipient, 2/75th Ranger Battalion, Joint Base Lewis McChord
  • Landon Petry, MSG Leroy Petry’s son
  • Corporal Leonard Martin, 104th Infantry Division, Normandy Invasion, Prisoner of War
  • Farlan Duberry, 96th Infantry Division, Bronze Star recipient (Okinawa – Pacific Campaign)
  • Colonel Michael Place, Madigan Army Hospital Commander
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Goke, Chief of Behavioral Health, Joint Base Lewis McChord
  • Colonel Colin Daniels, Chief of Psychiatry, Joint Base Lewis McChord
  • Retired Colonel David Sutherland, former Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US HealthVest Military & Veteran Consultant
  • SSG (Ret) Victor Sassoon, 2/75 Ranger Battalion, Wounded Warrior
  • Vance Whippo, Chaplain for Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital
  • Chief Kathleen Wilde and the Cadets from Marysville Pilchuck High School NJROTC

About Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is a 115-bed behavioral hospital located just north of Seattle, Washington.  The majestic Olympic mountain range is to the west and the equally beautiful Cascade range provides an impressive view to the east. The newly constructed hospital provides inpatient, acute behavioral health and addiction treatment for adolescents, adults and senior adults.  Seattle International Airport is one hour away from our facility and easily accessible by ground transportation.  Military lodging for escorts is available at the Naval Support Base only two miles from Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital. For more information, please visit www.smokeypointbehavioralhospital.com.

About US HealthVest

US HealthVest is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services. US HealthVest operates Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute-Smyrna and Ridgeview Institute-Monroe and Lake Behavioral Hospital. US HealthVest is developing additional psychiatric hospitals across the country. Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit www.ushealthvest.com.

US HealthVest Acquires Vista Medical Center West

March 01, 2018

Innovative Behavioral Health Services Provider Strengthens Chicago Presence

Waukegan, IL, March 1, 2018 – US HealthVest announced the acquisition of Vista Medical Center West from Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC). Located in Waukegan, Illinois, Vista Medical Center West, previously Provena Saint Therese Medical Center, has provided behavioral health services to the community for over 50 years.

The hospital will be renamed Lake Behavioral Hospital and carries a certificate of need for 46 inpatient psychiatric beds. In response to the urgent need for psychiatric services, US Healthvest has been granted a certificate of need to add 100 inpatient psychiatric beds to the campus. US HealthVest will transform the medical office building on campus into a new 146-bed psychiatric hospital that will offer a full continuum of care to patients of all ages.

“As a leading provider of behavioral health services in Chicago, we look forward to strengthening our existing presence,” said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and CEO of US HealthVest. “This key acquisition gives us the opportunity to expand specialized behavioral health service offerings to all patients, regardless of ability to pay.”

Located in the heart of Waukegan, Lake Behavioral Hospital will continue to provide behavioral health services to patients during the construction of the new hospital. Comprehensive services will include free 24/7 assessments, inpatient and intensive outpatient care. The new hospital project has gained widespread public support. Lake County and surrounding areas are experiencing a severe shortage of behavioral services, forcing many patients to leave the area for treatment.

US HealthVest will invest over $30 million to transform the medical office building into a new 88,000 square foot, 146-bed psychiatric hospital. The hospital will be designed to provide open spaces with daylight, enabling for a safe and therapeutic environment. Shared amenities include activity rooms, therapy spaces and a dining area, along with recreational activity spaces. The hospital, expected to open in the fall of 2019, will create over 150 additional jobs and revitalize the surrounding Waukegan area.

Chicago is a core market for US HealthVest. US HealthVest operates Chicago Behavioral Hospital, a 138-bed psychiatric hospital in Des Plaines, and is developing Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, a 100-bed psychiatric hospital, in a joint venture with Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. The Vista Medical Center West acquisition allows US HealthVest to strengthen its position in the Chicago market by offering comprehensive service offerings and solidifying relationships with payers and providers.

 

About US HealthVest
US HealthVest is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services. US HealthVest operates Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Lake Behavioral Hospital, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute-Smyrna, Ridgeview Institute – Monroe and is developing additional psychiatric hospitals across the country. Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit www.ushealthvest.com.

Contact:
US HealthVest
Richard Kresch, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
212-243-5565

Women’s Connection Services Opens at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

February 28, 2018

Women’s Services at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is now open and accepting referrals for adults, ages 18 and older. Women’s services is available in the Adult Mental Health Program located in Marysville, WA, north of Seattle.

Women’s services are for patients experiencing thoughts of Depression, Postpartum depression, Depression during pregnancy, Suicidal thoughts, Homicidal thoughts, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety attacks, Post traumatic stress disorder, Trauma from physical, emotional or psychological abuse.

This specialized inpatient service track at Smokey Point is for women to begin treatment, including medication management with a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Key features of the program include a brand new, state of the art hospital unit with separate space for women’s services, group therapy sessions focusing on topics specific to women’s issues, recreational therapy for women and family sessions with discharge planning.

If you, your mom, sister, wife, friend or daughter could benefit from Women’s Services call Smokey Point 24/7 at (844) 202-5555.

Extra Mile Military Care Now Open at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

February 22, 2018

Feb. 19, 2018 – Marysville, Wash. – Extra Mile Military Care opened at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital today. The program is designed for inpatient care and treatment for active duty, guard & reserve service members. The evidence-based clinical program is specially designed for combat induced PTSD or pre-existing PTSD aggravated by military service, alcohol dependency, substance misuse to include opioid dependency, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

The features of the program include:

  • An international toll free referral number is available 24/7, staffed with trained Military Admissions Coordinators to assist all callers, at (855) 755-6555.
  • A clinical and nursing team comprised of professionals, many of whom are veterans, who possess a passion to work with the US Military, Guard, Reserves, and Veterans.
  • Dedicated treatment unit for military and veterans only.
  • Dedicated Medical Director, Program Director and Military Liaison leading the Gold Standard of Care.
  • Proven, evidence-based treatment curriculum in accordance with DoD / VA guidelines.
  • Direct involvement in care and treatment, to include weekly treatment team meetings, for referring professionals and Commander.
  • Daily supervised access to exercise room with scheduled PT daily.
  • Access to outdoor courtyard directly off the dedicated EMMC treatment unit.
  • Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is an in-network provider for TRICARE®, TriWest Healthcare Alliance’s Veterans Choice, Choice Plus and PC3 networks of care.

We understand the concept of teamwork.  The clinical and nursing staff is comprised of professionals, many of whom are veterans themselves, who possess a passion to work with the US Military, guard and reserve service members.  Our mission is to see Extra Mile patients successfully rekindle his or her personal and professional life.  To accomplish this we rely on evidence-based treatment partnered with holistic approaches and a strong community spirit in support of the patient’s recovery and rehabilitation journey.

If you or a loved one knows someone seeking the Gold Standard of Care, please call the international toll free number, 24/7 at (855) 755-6555 and the Military Admissions Coordinator can assist you.

About Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is a 115-bed behavioral hospital located just north of Seattle, Washington.  The majestic Olympic mountain range is to the west, and the equally beautiful Cascade range provides an impressive view to the east.  Seattle International Airport is one hour away from our facility and easily accessible by ground transportation.  Military lodging for escorts is available at the Naval Support Base only two miles from Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital.

About US HealthVest

US HealthVest is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services. US HealthVest operates Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute-Smyrna and Ridgeview Institute – Monroe and is developing additional psychiatric hospitals across the country. Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit www.ushealthvest.com.

Contact:
Richard Kresch, M.D.
President and CEO
US HealthVest
212-243-5565

US HealthVest Commences Development of South Sound Behavioral Hospital

January 10, 2018

108-Bed Behavioral Hospital to Address Critical Shortage of Psychiatric Services

US HealthVest has begun development of South Sound Behavioral Hospital. A settlement agreement has been reached between US HealthVest, Universal Health Services, Providence Health & Services-Washington, Olympia Behavioral Health and the Washington State Department of Health. South Sound Behavioral Hospital will be a 108-bed psychiatric hospital that will provide a full continuum of behavioral and addiction treatment services to patients of all ages.

“With this settlement, we are moving ahead with development,” said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and CEO of US HealthVest. “We look forward to finally opening this new psychiatric hospital that will address the critical shortage of psychiatric services in the area.”

Located in the Woodland Square District in Lacey, Washington, the hospital will provide behavioral health and addiction treatment services to children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. Comprehensive services will include free 24/7 assessments, inpatient and intensive outpatient care. The hospital has gained widespread public support. Thurston County and surrounding areas are experiencing a severe shortage of behavioral services, forcing many patients to leave the area for treatment.

US HealthVest will invest over $23 million to develop South Sound Behavioral Hospital. US HealthVest will transform a currently vacant building into a state-of-the-art hospital with open spaces with daylight and direct views of nature, creating a safe and nurturing environment. The hospital, expected to open in early 2019, will bring over 200 jobs to the area and will revitalize the Woodland Square District

About US HealthVest

US HealthVest is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services. US HealthVest operates Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute-Smyrna and Ridgeview Institute – Monroe and is developing additional psychiatric hospitals across the country. Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit www.ushealthvest.com.

Contact:
Richard Kresch, M.D.
President and CEO
US HealthVest
212-243-5565

Older Adult Program Opens at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

December 20, 2017

The Older Adult Program at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is now open and accepting referrals for adults, ages 55 and older. The program is designed for senior adults who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or feelings of hopelessness, under mental distress, or feeling depressed due to life stress.

This specialized inpatient program at Smokey Point is for older adults to begin treatment, including medication management with a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Key features of the program include a brand new, state of the art hospital unit, group therapy sessions, recreational therapy and family sessions with discharge and transitional care planning.

To refer a patient or schedule a free, confidential assessment for you or your loved one call Smokey Point 24/7 at (844) 202-5555.