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STAYWELL HEALTH CARE AND WELLMORE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ANNOUNCE AFFILIATION

JULY 31, 2013 – WATERBURY, CT – StayWell Health Care, Inc. and Wellmore Behavioral Health, Inc. announced today that their respective boards of directors have approved an affiliation agreement between the locally based and fiscally healthy companies.  The two non-profit organizations have collaborated on many projects over the last decade and now will work together to seek opportunities for improved health care outcomes for residents of the greater Waterbury region through activities that encourage and enhance integration of primary/medical and behavioral health care.

“Despite diminishing resources and the uncertainty of the rapid change in the health care field, we need to foster creative solutions to help improve the health of our patients, their families and the communities we serve.  Affiliating with Wellmore offers us a unique opportunity to increase our positive community impact”, said Donald Thompson, StayWell CEO.  “We’re building off each other’s strengths instead of duplicating effort”, he added.

“Most people now realize there is a mind – body connection where psychological well-being has an impact on your overall physical health.   Partnering with StayWell will create a bridge between behavioral and physical health care for our clients” said Gary Steck, Wellmore CEO.

StayWell Health Care is a federally qualified health center which provides health care and social services to the uninsured and under-insured of the Greater Waterbury area, including medical, dental and behavioral health services with the focus on prevention.  Incorporated in 1972, StayWell has grown to a staff of 160 that cares for over 20,000 patients annually at 6 sites and over 40 community locations, including two homeless shelters, the Western Region Mental Health Authority and the Driggs school based health center. StayWell is recognized by the National Center for Quality Assurance with a Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification.

Wellmore Behavioral Health is a regional and accredited behavioral health provider serving a 48-town region spanning from greater Waterbury to the lower Naugatuck Valley and northwest Connecticut.  Wellmore began in 1951 as the Child Guidance Clinic of Waterbury and now provides a comprehensive and integrated array of behavioral health, psychiatric, substance abuse and drug addiction recovery, prevention, early intervention and community support programs that touch the lives of over 15,000 children, adolescents, adults and family members each year.  Wellmore has a staff of over 300 and operates a dozen sites.

For more information, please contact:

Jackie Post at Wellmore : jpost@wellmore.org  (203) 574-9000 ext. 1109

Christine Bianchi at StayWell cbianchi@staywellhealth.org (203) 756-8021 ext. 3018