Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Centres Bellwood and Edgewood Join to Form a National Network of Providers

Edgewood Health Network to provide high-quality care Canada-wide

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Bellwood Health Services (Bellwood) and Edgewood Treatment Centre (Edgewood) have joined together to form Canada's largest single provider of adult addiction and mental health treatment under the Edgewood Health Network (EHN). A truly national option, EHN combines two world-class mental health and addiction centres and their outpatient offices to deliver a standardized, premium level of care.

According to Stats Canada, one in three Canadians (approximately 9 million people) have suffered from a mental health issue or addiction at some point in their life. EHN addresses a growing demand for support and the much needed care for the millions of Canadians dealing with these diseases. With a combined 50 years of experience in the treatment of mental health and addiction, EHN brings together the resources of Bellwood and Edgewood and draws on a proud tradition of providing advanced care with a strong emphasis on customized, long-term continuing care and support to patients.

"The Edgewood Health Network will provide a consistent standard of care that addresses all aspects of our patients' health," said Christopher Dawson, CEO of EHN. "Addiction is a chronic disease and we are committed to helping our patients find their way out of it. Our respective established treatment models at Bellwood and Edgewood have helped many Canadians successfully overcome their addictions.

Sustained recovery is the goal in the treatment of addiction and mental health. The EHN Continuum of Care allows staff to follow patients from their first point of contact, through inpatient or out-patient treatment to continuing care so as to build an important relationship with them for life. EHN's national presence will provide patients and their families with the necessary services, resources and care when they go home.  This unique approach in caring for patients leads to long-term sustained recovery and a lower incidence of relapse.

"As a counsellor who works closely with patients, the creation of EHN means an improved standard of service as well as access to additional expertise and best practices," said Andrew Galloway, a Substance Abuse/Behavioural Health Specialist and National Director at EHN. "Treatment for this disease is essential and Canadians deserve to receive the best quality care possible to help ensure their success throughout their lifetime."   

Increasing awareness of mental health issues and addiction and providing a path to wellness to those seeking help is what drives EHN forward. The shared experiences and programs of Bellwood and Edgewood under EHN will create a much needed patient-centric model of care.

Note to Editors:
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month where Canadians in recovery from addiction will join with friends and family to build awareness, challenge societal stigma and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families and communities. There are 25 cities participating in events from British Columbia to Newfoundland.  For more information: www.recoveryday.ca

About Edgewood Health Network (EHN)
The Edgewood Health Network (EHN) is Canada's leading provider of treatment for adult addiction and concurrent mental health disorders. As a result of Bellwood Health Services in Ontario and Edgewood Treatment Center in British Columbia coming together under EHN, Canadians now have a national option for the treatment of addiction and mental health. EHN leverages a combined history of over 50 years of experience in the treatment of addiction and mental health, with the goal of providing a new standard of national care that addresses all aspects of the patients' health: the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components, as well as the family, and community system.  For more information about EHN, please visit www.edgewoodhealthnetwork.com.

SOURCE: Edgewood Health Network (EHN)

For further information: Nicole Young, MAVERICK for EHN, 416-640-5525 x 238, nicolec@wearemaverick.com; Paula Morrison, MAVERICK for EHN, 416-640-5525 x234, paulam@wearemaverick.com

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