FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-On October 1st, Park Center, Inc. will become an affiliate of Parkview Health. Parkview has inpatient care resources and Park Center has outpatient care resources.
“It will allow us to really provide new and enhanced services and also increase access to behavioral health services in our region,” said Parkview Health's Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services Chuck Clark.
The goal is to have more options, faster service and give patients faster help.
"We’ll be able to intervene earlier which will have a huge impact on outcomes and people’s health,” said Clark.
The affiliation will allow Park Center and Parkview Health to combine resources to better help mental health patients, especially during the opioid crisis.
"The whole issue of medicated assisted treatment and how we treat people with opioid use disorders and our intent is to solidify that and have that more seamless in terms of how we work together, ” said Park Center CEO Paul Wilson.
Wilson says he’s hopeful the alliance will result in quick access and quality care for people in northeast Indiana.
"When somebody is really anxious or depressed it’s really hard for them to wait any length of time for services so chuck and I have the same vision," said Wilson.
This move will also bring jobs to Fort Wayne.
"We’ll be able to recruit more psychiatrists to the area, more therapists and other mental health professionals," said Clark.