Renfrew Center receives family business award
The Renfrew Center, the nation’s first residential eating disorder facility dedicated exclusively to the treatment of adolescent girls and women, was recently awarded Family Business of the Year in the large business category by the Philadelphia Inquirer for its business impact, community involvement, innovation and growth.
Samuel E. Menaged founded The Renfrew Center in 1985 in Philadelphia. Led by a staff of administrative and clinical personnel — psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses and nutritionists — Renfrew’s mission is to provide cuttingedge treatment to those suffering from eating disorders and to bring national attention to this hidden epidemic.
In 1990, Menaged opened a second residential facility in Coconut Creek, Fla. That same year, The Renfrew Center Foundation was established to educate professionals and the public about eating disorders.
Now with 19 facilities throughout the country, Renfrew continues to operate as a family owned business with Sam Menaged as president and CEO, his wife Pamela working in patient accounts, and his daughter, Vanessa, as vice president of professional relations and marketing. Sam and Pamela are residents of Ardmore, while Vanessa Menaged is a resident of Bala Cynwyd
The Family-Owned Business Award ceremony was held Aug. 23, at which Sam, Pamela and Vanessa accepted their award. The Philadelphia Inquirer recognized more than 30 family owned businesses in various categories at the event.
“At The Renfrew Center, nothing makes us prouder than hearing alumni success stories,” Sam Menaged said. “Whether it’s the personal letters we receive or individuals with whom we speak with, it is those stories that reconfirm our daily commitment of keeping Renfrew a family business. By doing so, we are able to ensure adolescent girls and women struggling with eating disorders receive the highest quality of care in a warm and nurturing environment.”
Vanessa, Samuel and Pamela Menaged accepted the Family Business of the Year award on behalf of The Renfrew Center.