The Chamber Ambassadors honored the Greenleaf Center with Leading Business of the Week for March 2.
The Greenleaf Center is a behavioral health facility that specializes in psychiatric and substance abuse care for adolescents, ages 12-17, and adults 18 and older.
Starting small, the Greenleaf Center has since expanded. After being purchased by Acadia Healthcare Inc. in 2013, the business has more than doubled in size.
The growth was gradual and spanned over five years.
"At the time of purchase by Acadia, Greenleaf immediately launched major renovations to the interior and exterior of the hospital. By the summer of 2014, Greenleaf began operating at a 73-bed capacity," said Lance Wilcher, Director of Business Development.
As the need for more space arose, the center expanded yet again.
"In our commitment to meeting the needs for expanded mental health and substance abuse treatment, Greenleaf undertook the construction of a new 40-bed wing in early 2017. By January 2018 the expansion was completed and Greenleaf celebrated the opening of the new two-story addition bringing the total bed count to 113," said Wilcher.
The now 113-bed facility employs a staff of over 250 people.
With more patients, there was a demand for more services. Greenleaf Center is beginning a stand-alone women’s trauma program for those that have been impacted by traumatic events along with a long-term women’s recovery program.
Also, Greenleaf recently began yoga therapy for both in-patient and out-patient services and will soon begin pet therapy as an additional piece of programming.
The staff prides themselves on being present in the community and providing services that help their patients and encourage them to live healthier lives.
"One of the most rewarding things about working at Greenleaf is knowing that you have a small role in affecting the life of another human being," said Wilcher.
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years. Marcotek Digital Office Solutions proudly sponsors the 2019 Leading Business of the Week program. For more information visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week
For more information, visit Greenleaf Center at 2209 Pineview Drive or contact them at 1-800-247-2747.