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Firelands Regional Medical Center to Acquire The Giving Tree Featured

Firelands Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce it will be acquiring The Giving Tree, a provider of mental health, drug and alcohol and behavioral health services in Ottawa County. The Giving Tree will be managed by Firelands beginning Jan. 1 and will officially become Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services of Ottawa County on April 1, 2014. Services will continue to be offered at The Giving Tree’s current locations in Port Clinton, Oak Harbor and Genoa.   

Most importantly, care provided to clients served by The Giving Tree will not see an interruption of their care during the transition. Clients will continue to be served by a local provider which receives the same local funding as The Giving Tree and operates under similar policies and procedures as The Giving Tree. 

Firelands Regional Medical Center anticipates transitioning the 35 employees of The Giving Tree over to Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services of Ottawa County. 

Marsha Mruk, vice president of Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services said, “We were very pleased to be approached by the administration of The Giving Tree to discuss an arrangement that would allow the continuation of the high quality service Ottawa County residents have come to expect from The Giving Tree.”

According to The Giving Tree owners Mariann Davids and Ann Kersten, “Firelands’ mission is closely aligned with the mission of The Giving Tree, which will help make the transition smooth for clients, employees and the community.  We made our selection in part based on what organization could continue to provide Ottawa County with the highest standard of behavioral healthcare.  In addition we considered the integration of primary care and behavioral health needed by the residents in Ottawa County who cannot afford the care they need.”

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services is a private, not-for-profit entity and is unique in the State of Ohio in its provision of publicly funded Behavioral Health services under the scope of a Regional Medical Center.  These services include a 34-bed Inpatient Psychiatric unit.  Serving seven counties, including Erie, Huron, Lorain, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot, Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services provides a comprehensive breadth of behavioral health services.  Accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), services provided include inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults, a medical health home program providing behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare within a single location, consultation services, alcohol and drug treatment services, and crisis services/hotline as well as numerous specialized outpatient program.

Services at both Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services and The Giving Tree are funded in part by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Erie & Ottawa Counties.  

To learn more about Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services, visit firelands.com/mentalhealth.

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