The Face of Mental Health
The Bridge Way Hospital
Bruce Trimble, Director of Development
The BridgeWay is committed to providing the highest quality of care to its patients and their families, as well as the communities in which they live, through a continuum of services designed to help children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing behavioral, emotional, or addictive problems that can lead to fractured lives. Its team of mental health professionals includes board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrists, master’s-level clinical therapists, case managers, and nurses and mental health associates who help people reconnect with their families, friends and employers so that they may lead productive lives.
“Since mental health issues occur across a spectrum, from mild to severe, we tailor our services for each person,” said BridgeWay’s Director of Business Development Bruce Trimble. “With each program, we offer diagnostic and evaluation services, medication management, individual, family and group therapy, recreational therapy, dietary services, case management and discharge planning. We will never lose sight of the fact that we provide care and comfort to people in need.”
Founded in 1983 as a 60-bed facility, the hospital has since branched out, growing along with the needs of Arkansans, to include inpatient care, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services for people of all ages. Today it is the only psychiatric hospital in Arkansas with distinct programs for seniors 55 and older, adults 18 and older, adolescents, ages 13-17, and children, ages 4-12.
“I’m continuously surprised that many do not realize that mental health disorders are not only common, but they can have a major impact upon a person’s life, causing more disability than most people realize,” Trimble said. “About 6 percent of adults (1 in 17) suffer from a serious mental illness, reporting an average of 88 days (approximately three months) during the past year when they were too ill to carry out their normal daily activities. Those statistics are significant and they have a serious impact upon our community of friends, family and coworkers.”