Face of Mental Health
Gerri Spillane, R.N., Staff Development & Infection Prevention Coordinator
The BridgeWay Hospital, located at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains in Central Arkansas, offers an innovative recovery experience. Their dedicated specialists and staff provide a continuum of services designed to help children, adolescents, and adults of all ages experiencing behavioral, emotional, or addictive problems that can lead to fractured lives. The BridgeWay offers a continuum of care for mental health and substance use disorders in adults, adolescents, and children, such as inpatient care for chronic and acute mental illness, acute inpatient care for children ages 4-12, residential treatment for adolescents ages 13-17, and a host of other mental health services. The BridgeWay was founded in 1983. Gerri Spillane, R.N., Staff Development & Infection Prevention Coordinator worked as a nurse in a large psychiatric hospital in Dublin before moving here in the early 1980s. “A friend recognized my love of caring for people with mental illness, and recommended I apply for work at The BridgeWay Hospital, which had opened six months earlier,” Spillane says. “I was so impressed with their multidisciplinary approach to treatment and its difference in patients’ lives. The team approach was practical and the psychiatrists leading treatment trained us to speak up and focus on what was best for the patient.” The number one priority at The BridgeWay is providing a safe and secure environment for patients, employees, and visitors. With that in mind, there are numerous areas that the staff at The BridgeWay monitor. With the onset of COVID-19, the Hospital has developed and made multiple revisions to their protocols as guided by the CDC and the State Department of Health to provide care and maintain safety for all. Given the nature of the virus, the Hospital is continually adapting their approach in order to best serve Arkansans.
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