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The BridgeWay Hospital Opens New Program for Seniors

The BridgeWay Hospital, a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association, will host a dedication ceremony for a new wing and program designed to provide mental health services for seniors of Arkansas. The first free-standing psychiatric hospital in Arkansas, The BridgeWay traces its roots to 1983, when a 60-bed facility opened in North Little Rock. Throughout its history The BridgeWay has been a center for behavioral health innovations, and today it is a widely recognized facility that provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and adults including seniors.

“Over the past thirty years, The BridgeWay has grown from a small hospital to a renowned facility offering a continuum of care for people of all ages,” said Jason Miller, Chief Executive Officer of The BridgeWay. “The size, scope and depth of our services have changed, but our quality of care remains our hallmark. The BridgeWay’s enduring values of inclusiveness, continuity, responsiveness, and visibility are fundamental to our remaining an integral provider within the system of care for Arkansans.”

“The storied history of The BridgeWay is replete with the profound innovations and historic milestones borne of a deep dedication to the science and humanity of behavioral health,” said Miller. “Today, The BridgeWay and our dedicated staff continue to remind us that Arkansans don’t have to look far across the state to find excellent care. Serving those in every county, we provide the very best of care.”

Comprised of inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs, The BridgeWay has served over 20,000 people since opening its doors and is scheduled to serve additional people when a new unit will open in 2014. “Although The BridgeWay has grown to 103 beds over thirty years, we have expanded in response to the needs of our community,” said Miller. “In order to serve older adults with behavioral health issues, we will open a new 20-bed unit on our campus.”

The dedication ceremony, which is open to the media and select member of the Arkansas health care system, will be held Tuesday, August 18, 2015, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, with remarks scheduled for 4:00 PM. Tours of the new program will be provided upon request.

The BridgeWay was the first free-standing psychiatric facility in Arkansas and is one of the largest in the state. Offering a continuum of care, including inpatient and outpatient services, the programs serve children, adolescents, and adults. Located within a quiet, wooded area featuring wildlife and scenic views of the Ouachita Mountains’ foothills, the campus is befitting of The Natural State.

The BridgeWay Earns an A+ in Arts and Education

The BridgeWay was recently accepted into the Arkansas A+ School Program, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education and the Thea Foundation. Through our on campus school, BridgeWay patients will benefit from interdisciplinary teaching and daily arts instruction, offering them opportunities to develop creative, innovative ways of thinking, learning, and demonstrating knowledge.

The A+ program incorporates a state-mandated curriculum that involves a collaborative, multi-disciplined approach, with dance/movement, theater, music, creative writing and visual arts woven into every aspect of learning.

A Natural State of Mind: The BridgeWay Hospital Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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The BridgeWay Hospital, hosted a reception in honor of its 30th anniversary on November 14, 2013. The event was attended by Debbie Osteen, Vice President and President-Behavioral Health Division of UHS as well as stakeholders from across the state. “The BridgeWay is proud of its 30 year history of providing innovative patient-centered care to the mentally ill,” said Osteen. “The BridgeWay is better positioned than ever to serve its patients with expanded clinical expertise and a broader range of treatment services. The hospital will continue to be a significant employer, contributor and provider to the greater Little Rock area as well as the state of Arkansas.”

Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas, attended the ceremony and applauded The BridgeWay for serving as an integral member of the Arkansas system of care for thirty years. The first free-standing psychiatric hospital in Arkansas, The BridgeWay traces its roots to 1983, when a 60- bed facility opened in North Little Rock. Throughout its history The BridgeWay has been a center for behavioral health innovations, and today it is a widely recognized facility that provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and adults in Arkansas. Comprised of inpatient and outpatient programs, The BridgeWay has served over 20,000 people since opening its doors.

“The storied history of The BridgeWay is replete with the profound innovations and historic milestones borne of a deep dedication to the science and humanity of behavioral health,” said Jason Miller, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Today, The BridgeWay and our dedicated staff continue to remind us that Arkansans don’t have to look far across the state to find excellent care. Serving those in every county, we provide the very best of care.”

The BridgeWay Ranked Among Top Hospitals in Arkansas

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Each year, U.S. News and World Report magazine recognizes more than 700 hospitals as the Best Regional Hospitals, indicating they are highly proficient in serving the needs of the majority of patients in at least one specialty. Across the nation, the hospitals are ranked by state, region and metro area. In 2013, The BridgeWay ranked third among hospitals in Central Arkansas and the top free-standing psychiatric hospital in the state.  This honor is a testament to the high quality of care that our staff provide to our patients.