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Transition of Behavioral Health Services from WPIC-BV to Heritage Valley Health System
Date:1/17/2008

BEAVER, Pa., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beaver County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that effective January 7, 2008, Heritage Valley Health System, through Staunton Clinic, is providing behavioral health services at the Rochester site. These services had been offered in Beaver Valley through UPMC's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC). According to Commissioner Joe Spanik, "This transition has met its goal of being as seamless as possible for both consumers and staff. Beaver County Behavioral Health, Heritage Valley Health System and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic have worked hard to accomplish this and deserve much credit."

Beaver County Behavioral Health Administrator Gerard Mike explained, "I am very pleased that this change has occurred without disruption to services and supports. The experience we have had to date leads me to expect an excellent quality of care from Heritage Valley, Staunton Clinic. We are excited about Heritage Valley's expanded role in Beaver County's behavioral health network and thank WPIC for their many years of dedicated service to the County."

HVHS and WPIC worked collaboratively with BCBH to implement a detailed transition plan. Claudia Roth, Ph.D., President & CEO, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and Vice President, UPMC Behavioral Health, stated, "From the beginning, the transition focused on consumer needs, which led to an exceptional commitment on the part of all stakeholders involved in the process. Most importantly, recognition of the dedication of the Rochester workforce in promoting recovery for those they have and will continue to serve should be underscored." According to Norm Mitry, President & CEO of Heritage Valley Health System, "We are very pleased with the seamlessness of this transition that has allowed Heritage Valley to expand our mission 'to improve the health and well-being of all people in the communities that we serve' to now include this very important service to the to residents of Beaver County."

About Heritage Valley Health System

Heritage Valley Health System provides comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with more than 500 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Beaver, and Heritage Valley Sewickley; in physician offices; and community satellite facilities. Additional information about Heritage Valley Health System is available online at http://www.heritagevalley.org.


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