Penn Foundation dedicates Loux Center to continued hope, change
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.”
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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.
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“That’s one of the beautiful things about Penn Foundation is a sense of peace and assurance,” Lasigne said.
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“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.”
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The three earlier ones were for Wellspring Clubhouse, the John C Emily Clemens Recovery Center and the Penn silla development.
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“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.”
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He graduated from high school, had a girlfriend and began continuing his education, but along the way, he’d also started using heroin.
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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.”
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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 PerkasieNewsHerald.com!
Associate Executive Director of Older Adult Services Karen L. Rosenberger, Psy.D., gives a tour of the new center.
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.