Meridian Health Services - CURRENT Summer 2018

Hank A. Milius President / CEO Vicki Tague Chair, Board of Directors You’ve heard me say this before: Meridian cannot be all things to all people, and we can’t do it alone. Every year following Rialzo, our annual charity gala, I am reminded in fact, we are not alone. Now in 46 counties, Meridian has partnerships in the medical community, in schools, in local municipalities, and with businesses large and small. In fact, I am humbled by the generosity of our community partners. They have made Rialzo a premier fundraising event—one that raises significant dollars for programs that improve lives. New this year, is a National Spirit of Meridian Award given to former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a recovering addict and mental health advocate. Kennedy reflects Meridian’s vision for more integrated healthcare systems and whole-person health. This year, we continue to support our Maternal Treatment Program (MTP), an initiative just a year old, but one already helping drug-addicted mothers put their and their children’s lives back on track. The program was developed from the awareness that mothers addicted to drugs many times, give birth to babies who are addicted to drugs. In the most severe cases, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) can have lasting effects for that newborn. Staffed by our highly skilled behavioral clinicians, Meridian’s MTP helps mothers learn life skills and provides them with ongoing emotional support that, combined with wraparound services from Meridian, can improve the health of both mother and child. In this edition of CURRENT magazine, you’ll read about what we’re doing in MTP and other programs that have a lasting impact on our communities. We also honor the 2018 Spirit of Meridian winner, Delaware County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Arnold. Jeff is one of those community warriors whose life’s work has been dedicated to making where we live, better. In his more than 30 years of service, Jeff changed the narrative tied to drug addiction in Delaware County. I’ll let him tell you about his philosophy of compassion when it comes to convictions and the role of a prosecutor. Jeff, like Meridian, believes the key to improved lives is education and awareness. The 2018 theme at Rialzo IX was “A Whole New World.” It’s individuals like Jeff and Patrick and the innumerable community partners with Meridian who, together, make where we live “a whole new world.” Thank you for your ongoing support of Meridian Health Services. Dear Friends of Meridian, Now in 46 counties, Meridian has partnerships in the medical community, in schools, in local municipalities, and with businesses large and small. SENIOR HEALTH Specialty Hospital & Medical Care CURRENT | Meridian Health Services | Summer 2018 9

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