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Sheppard Pratt Partners with CalvertHealth to Support Behavioral Health Expansion

With the recent investment of $6.6 million for inpatient and outpatient renovation to CalvertHealth’s Behavioral Health Units complete – and an effort to address the community’s growing mental health needs – our partnership with Sheppard Pratt will provide enhanced clinical services and leadership support to the behavioral health programs and services across the CalvertHealth Network of Care.

Founded in 1853, Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability, special education, and social services in the country and has been consistently ranked as a top national psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 30 years.

Additionally, Sheppard Pratt, in partnership with Jennifer L. Messix BSN, RN-BC, director of CalvertHealth Medical Center’s behavioral health unit, will provide and oversee staffing, including psychiatrists and nurse practitioners.

“So many people are struggling with mental health issues, and we are honored to partner with CalvertHealth to expand access to world-class behavioral health care in the local community,” said Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt. “Together, we can manage more needs locally while ensuring access to specialized services and the comprehensive continuum of services that only Sheppard Pratt can provide, both now and in the future.”

“As a local, independent community hospital our responsibility is to serve the needs of our community. This past year has been incredibly stressful for many, and we are happy that we have been forward thinking in expanding our Behavioral Health Services long before the start of COVID,” stated CalvertHealth President and CEO Dean Teague, FACHE. “Our partnership with Sheppard Pratt adds to the already incredible staff that we have at the medical center to serve our community.”

The behavioral health services offered at CalvertHealth include adolescent and adult inpatient mental health care, a psychiatric partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient programs, and referral and care coordination to community-based treatment and support services.

“We have an incredible team led by Jennifer Messix who care deeply about the work they do. It’s an incredible day when they can make a real difference in the lives of those who have entrusted their care to us and we know Sheppard Pratt has the same philosophy,” said Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services Diane Couchman, MBA, BSN, RN, who also oversees the Behavioral Health services.

To learn more about Behavioral Health Services at CalvertHealth, visit our website at: CalvertHealthMedicine.org/Behavioral-Health.

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