NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The BridgeWay Hospital, a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association, will host a reception in honor of its 30th anniversary on Thursday, November 14.
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.
"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 Barry Pipkin, 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 Jason Miller, Chief Operating 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."
Comprised of inpatient 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." It is anticipated that Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas, will attend the ceremony and groundbreaking to be held at 4 p.m. on November 14, 2013.
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. In 2013, The BridgeWay was ranked by U. S. News and World Report as the top free-standing psychiatric hospital in the state. For more information, visit www.TheBridgeWay.com.