Penn Foun­da­tion ded­i­cates Loux Cen­ter to con­tin­ued hope, change

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

Th­ese days, Penn Foun­da­tion’s got Open Ac­cess.

Peo­ple who’ve called ahead or been re­ferred by a doc­tor can walk in week­days, have some­one go over their pa­per­work and be talk­ing to a clin­i­cian in as lit­tle as a half-hour, Michele Grida, di­rec­tor of ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices, said.

“From that time, ac­cess to psy­chi­a­try is now at ap­prox­i­mately seven days for an adult and ap­prox­iPDWHOy 10 WR 14 GDys IRr D FhLOG,” Grida said, “which for this in­dus­try is pretty amaz­ing, so we’ve re­duced the to­tal amount of that by at least 30 GDys.”

Grida was one of sev­eral Penn Foun­da­tion em­ploy­ees who were guides or do­cents for tours of the new Dr. Norman L. and Es­ther B. Loux Health­care Cen­ter, which was ded­i­cated Jan. 22.

The out­pa­tient fa­cil­ity that more than dou­bled the size of Penn Foun­da­tion’s main build­ing on Lawn Av­enue in West Rock­hill is named in honor of Penn Foun­da­tion’s found­ing med­i­cal di­rec­tor and his wife.

Ser­vices are now more con­ve­niently laid out for peo­ple of var­i­ous ages, in­clud­ing chil­dren, adults and older adults, Julie Wil­liams, as­so­ciate ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of men­tal health ser­vices, said.

There are lots of bright col­ors, toys, a fam­ily re­stroom and sev­eral wait­ing rooms in the chil­dren’s area, Lois Dod­son, stu­dent as­sis­tance co­or­di­na­tor, said.

“We’ve really tried to make this very child friendly,” Dod­son said.

A team ap­proach pro­vides ser­vices for chil­dren in­clud­ing the Out­pa­tient, Blended Case Man­age­ment, Chil­dren’s Com­mu­nity Based Ser­vices, Fam­ily Based, Wrap Around, Stu­dent As­sis­tance Pro­gram and the Autism Sup­port Cen­ter pro­grams, Dod­son said.

“We’ve brought all of those pro­grams to­gether so that now if there’s a child who’s re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple ser­vices, those folks can co­or­di­nate ser­vices,” Dod­son said. “Be­fore that, it was like peo­ple were in a build­ing across the street and all over the place.”

“The vi­sion was to creDWH flHxLEOH ZRrNVSDFHV, LPSrRvH HI­fiFLHnFy, SrRWHFW the pri­vacy of our clients and en­hance in­te­gra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion among teams and de­part­ments. We also care­fully con­sid­ered cur­rent trends and how they will im­pact the way we pro­vide care in the fu­ture,” ac- cord­ing to Penn Foun­da­tion in­for­ma­tion.

hey features of the build­ing, which is de­signed to meet en­vi­ron­men­tally green stan­dards, in­clude pri­vate wait­ing rooms, more com­mu­nity space and large win­dows al­low­ing nat­u­ral sun­light to en­ter. A full ser­vice phar­macy for Penn Foun­da­tion em­ploy­ees and clients is also be­ing added.

Penn Foun­da­tion now also has a chapel.

Clients can use it to medLWDWH Rr rHflHFW Rn WKLnJV they have just spo­ken about with a ther­a­pist, Cal Lasigne, a coun­selor with Dayspring Coun­sel­ing Cen­ter and a chap­lain, said. The chapel helps give feel­ings of peace, as­sur­ance and safety, he said.

“That’s one of the beau­ti­ful things about Penn Foun­da­tion is a sense of peace and as­sur­ance,” Lasigne said.

All the wood used in the chapel comes from the far­mKRuVH WKDW ZDV Dr. LRux’V RrLJLnDO RI­fiFH, LD9LJnH said. Stone from that build­ing is also used in the chapel.

“It’s got some of the heart and soul of the be­gin­nings of Penn Foun­da­tion,” Lasigne said.

Wood and stone from the ini­tial build­ing, which was re­moved to make way for ad­di­tional park­ing for the new ad­di­tion, is also used in sev­eral other places within WKH LRux &HnWHr.

Dr. LRux’V RrLJLnDO RI­fiFH rHflHFWHd D FKDnJH IrRP WKH way most men­tal health fa­cil­i­ties were built at the time, Sandy Lan­dis, di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources, said. “It was not a hospi­tal set­ting, so ZH VSHFL­fiFDOOy dHVLJnHd LW WR look like a large split-level home,” Lan­dis said.

In 1956, Penn FoundaWLRn’V firVW IuOO yHDr, 629 FOLents were served. Now there are more than 10,000 a year.

LRux’V LdHD RI FRPPu­nity based men­tal health care was vi­sion­ary at the time Penn Foun­da­tion was founded, Mar­garet wook, chair­woman of the Penn Foun­da­tion Board of Direc­tors, said.

“We ded­i­cate this build­ing to honor and al­ways re­mem­ber that be­gin­ning,” wook said.

Wayne Mugrauer, Penn Foun­da­tion’s pres­i­dent and CEO, said he had the chance dur­ing the 1980s to have WDONV ZLWK LRux.

“Con­sis­tent with his early views, we dis­cussed the im­por­tance of in­di­vid­ual dig­nity and re­spect, the crit­i­cal con­nec­tion be­tween be­hav­ioral health and gen­eral medicine and his con­tin­u­ing be­lief that our care is best pro­vided in the sup­port­ive mi­lieu of com­mu­nity and col­lab­o­ra­tion,” Mugrauer said. “Look­ing back, I am so in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the guid­ance and wis­dom of those in­sights and I’m also grate­ful that those in­sights dHfinHd WKH nHxW 30 yHDrV of growth and pro­gram devel­op­ment at Penn Foun­da­tion.”

TKH -Dn. 22 dHdLFDWLRn marked the fourth time in fivH yHDrV PHnn FRundDWLRn has cel­e­brated the com­ple­tion of ma­jor projects, Thomas Leidy, vice chair­man of the board of direc­tors and chair­man of the Power of Hope fundrais­ing cam­paign, said.

The three ear­lier ones were for Well­spring Club­house, the John C Emily Cle­mens Re­cov­ery Cen­ter and the Penn silla devel­op­ment.

“,W LV WruOy HxWrDRrdLnDry and would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity,” Leidy said. “There’s money avail­able to man­age all the pro­grams that we do, but when it comes to bricks and mor­tar, those kinds of things, that’s de­pen­dent upon pub­lic sup­port.”

“We con­tinue to be truly grate­ful to this car­ing com­mu­nity that has en­trusted Penn Foun­da­tion to car­ing for the com­mu­nity,” wook said.

“This com­mu­nity has sup­ported us with prayers, with tal­ents and with con­tri­bu­tions,” she said, “and with that type of sup­port, Penn Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to pro­vide in­no­va­tive re­spon­sive health care ser­vices that in­still hope and in­spire change.”

Ja­son, who moved into Penn Foun­da­tion’s silODJH RI HRSH Ln 2011 Dnd has now been clean for two years, also gave his story at the ded­i­ca­tion.

“By DJH 13, , KDd WrLHd HFs­tasy,” he said. “By age 15, I’d ac­cu­mu­lated four un­der­age drink­ings and got on ju­ve­nile pro­ba­tion.”

He grad­u­ated from high school, had a girl­friend and be­gan con­tin­u­ing his ed­u­ca­tion, but along the way, he’d also started us­ing heroin.

“My ad­dic­tion just kept pro­gres­sively get­ting worse and worse, un­til one day I JRW Py LnFRPH WDx EDFN Dnd I was able to buy a brick of KHrRLn. TKH nHxW PRrnLnJ, , was sup­posed to be get­ting up to go to school. I didn’t wake up,” Ja­son said. “My mom had come down­stairs in my room and she no­ticed that there was blood all over my face, so she had called Dn DPEuODnFH. , dLHd IRr 20 Rr 30 PLnuWHV. TKHy WROd Py en­tire fam­ily that I was ei­ther not gonna come back or I was gonna be a veg­etable for the rest of my life.”

Af­ter coming out of coma, he went into re­hab, but re­lapsed.

“I was no longer func­tional,” Ja­son said. “I could not keep a job, go to school, have a girl­friend, all that. I had lost all those things.”

Turn­ing to bur­glary, he was ar­rested and sen­tenced WR WKrHH WR 23 PRnWKV Ln MDLO.

sil­lage of Hope, where he came af­ter hav­ing spent three months in jail, has pro­vided a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment that helped him go back to school to work to­ward his as­pi­ra­tions to be a drug coun­selor, he said.

“Ev­ery­thing has got­ten so much bet­ter,” Ja­son said. “This is the best I’ve ever done in my en­tire life and I’m Oh with me to­day. I can look in the mir­ror and say I love my­self.” To see more pho­tos and video from the ded­i­ca­tion

cer­e­mony, visit PerkasieNew­sHer­!

News-her­ald photo — DEBBY HIGH

As­so­ciate Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Older Adult Ser­vices Karen L. Rosen­berger, Psy.D., gives a tour of the new cen­ter.

News-her­ald photo — DEBBY HIGH

Lynn Der­s­tine and Donna McCann, med­i­cal records em­ploy­ees and switch­board op­er­a­tors, sit be­hind the desk in the new Dr. Norman L. and Es­ther B. Loux Health­care Cen­ter.

Thomas Leidy, vice chair­man of the Penn Foun­da­tion Board of Direc­tors, gives thanks to the car­ing com­mu­nity.

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