It is always an honor to represent Spectrum Healthcare. And when the work we do is recognized by our peers, well, it is an honor, indeed.
Last night, Spectrum Healthcare was recognized at the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) annual event and we were so proud to receive three top honors, both individually and as an organization.
A huge congratulations to Gina Mendez for receiving her 20 year Service Award. Tirelessly caring for the needs of the people in your community is no small thing and Gina had done so with kindness and compassion for 20 years.
Spectrum’s Work Adjustment Training Program (WAT) took home the Mickey Hawley award for excellence in the provision of behavioral health. The WAT program helps seriously mentally ill clients develop skills and way to increase productivity so that they may overcome employment barriers and find meaningful work within the community.
And last, but certainly not least, Spectrum’s former CEO, Robert Cartia, received NARBHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of those around him and improved mental healthcare has been his mission. Robert began when Spectrum was simply the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic and was instrumental in the crossover to Spectrum’s Integrated Care services, adding Primary Care and Pediatrics to Mental Healthcare services so that ALL the needs of a patient could be met under one roof.
Congratulations not just to those who took home awards last night, but to ALL those who strive to make their community better by helping those in it FEEL better. spectrum healthcare ©2015
The moon was amazing last night: an eclipse giving way to a moon covered in a reddish cast. Science explains why this occurs: the light from all the planet’s sunrises and sunsets are cast upon the moon during the middle of the eclipse, which creates that incredible orange-red glow.
We know why this beautiful moon occurs, but thinking back to thousands, or even hundreds of years ago, one can see how this event would be startling to those gazing up at the night sky. Without an understanding of why this was happening, people throughout history were left to make up their own explanations and stories.
Mental health is a lot like that gorgeous moon.
Years ago, we had very few concrete explanations of why the body acts as it does. And when behaviors were startling, well, mankind made up its own explanations.
Today, we understand the human body and its marvelous complexities. And as technology increases, we understand it even more. We have studied and analyzed and through our discoveries, we’ve come up with solutions to make Life better for those in need.
That’s what we do at Spectrum everyday.
Our goal is to help educate our patients; to work with them as partners; to find the best healthcare solutions for mind and body.
To remove the scary and unknown from healthcare and replace it with peace of mind.
Primary care to Pediatrics to Mental Health…we do it all under one roof to make it as easy as possible for everyone to feel better.
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Tending a garden is a marvelous thing.
On the surface, it is no more than dirt and plants, but the minute your hands touch the warm earth, something changes…something wonderful. You immediately become a part of all that is growing. As you tend the plants and watch them bloom and then fruit, you find yourself growing with it, learning from it. As you reach to pull the weeds that inhibit growth, you claim a small victory; as each new seed takes root and pushes upward, defying gravity, you realize that growth, no matter how small, is always a Good Thing.
Our Spectrum gardens are by no means the biggest. They probably won’t win any gardening prizes, or make the cover of a magazine, but to many of our patients, tending to them is a therapy in and of itself: the warm sun on your back, the smell of good clean dirt on your hands, and plants that look to you to care for them and help them grow, all under an Arizona blue sky.
Nature is often the very best medicine.
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