Parkridge Health System November 13, 2018

Parkridge Valley West - formerly Mountainview Treatment Center in Jasper - has relocated acute inpatient behavioral health services to a newly renovated, approximately 15,000 square-foot space on the second floor of Parkridge West Hospital. In celebration of the unit’s grand opening, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. EST (9 a.m. CST), followed by an open house with tours of the unit. The public is welcome to visit the new facility during the open house, which lasts until 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST).

“The new inpatient unit is the result of months of meticulous planning and hard work by our staff of clinical and administrative teams,rdquo; said Melissa Arkin, CEO of the Parkridge Valley family of behavioral health facilities. “The availability of comprehensive behavioral health services is a tremendous benefit to the community, and we look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Jasper and its surrounding areas.rdquo;

The inpatient unit at Parkridge Valley West addresses safety and privacy by way of a modern design that creates a family friendly, healing environment. Patients have controlled access to group therapy space, rooms with scenic views of the mountains and Sequatchie River, and comfort rooms with tranquil lighting where patients can relax in rocking chairs and listen to soothing music.

In addition to acute inpatient services for adult patients with a primary psychiatric diagnosis, such as anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia, Parkridge Valley West also offers outpatient services for those whose condition does not require hospitalization. Outpatient services are located on the first floor of Parkridge West Hospital.

Locating inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services in Jasper addresses a key public health concern that often goes unmet. According to Mental Health America, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people living with mental illness, Tennessee ranks 45th in the U.S. for access to behavioral health services - a staggering metric for a family of conditions that affect approximately one in five adults in a given year, according to the National Institutes of Health. In comparison, one in four people die annually from heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Parkridge Valley West is part of Parkridge Valley, a four-facility behavioral health system with locations in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Jasper that serve adults, seniors and pediatric patients - beginning at the age of 4 - who experience mental illness.