WRMC Partners with The BridgeWay to Offer Mental Health Services

Mark Baltz MD, Beverly Caraway APRN, Gary Bebow FACHE CEO, Shay Carter, RNOne in four adults experiences mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). More specifically, NAMI’s statistics also indicate a lack of available inpatient mental health facilities in Arkansas. 

In an effort to meet those needs, White River Medical Center (WRMC) has partnered with mental health organization, The BridgeWay, to bring an Inpatient Acute Adult Psychiatric Unit to Batesville. The BridgeWay at White River Medical Center is located in a secure space inside WRMC.  The unit consists of 12-beds, a lounge area, a quiet room, and community room.

The BridgeWay at WRMC offers an inpatient program that serves adults, ages 18 to 55, who are experiencing acute psychiatric problems such as depression, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts, or other issues. The program is designed to give patients the encouragement and tools needed to improve their overall quality of life. The BridgeWay at WRMC adds to the list of comprehensive care provided by WRMC to meet the needs of those affected by social, psychological, and behavioral conditions. Other services currently being provided by WRMC include Senior Haven (WRMC’s Geriatric Psychiatry Unit), and the White River Health System (WRHS) Behavioral Health Clinic, an outpatient facility in Batesville.

A treatment team, consisting of psychiatrists, advanced practitioner registered nurse, therapists, nurses, and patient advocates, work together to create individualized plans for each patient. Treatment plans include setting goals, learning to manage medication, crisis stabilization, and participating in group therapy, family therapy, educational therapy, and activity therapy. The team aims to help patients develop interpersonal communication skills and positive relationship skills to regain healthy lifestyles and routines.

“Statistics tell us that there is a need for mental health treatment in our area,” said Gary Bebow, CEO of WRHS. “We are proud to partner with

The BridgeWay to meet the needs for our area and offer a service that will have such a positive impact on lives.”

Shay Carter, Director of the unit, says they began accepting patients January 12. “We look forward to working with our patients to help them improve their overall quality of life, and we are fortunate to have WRMC as a partner in this endeavor,” she said.

The BridgeWay at White River Medical Center accepts most insurance plans including adult Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. For more questions about The BridgeWay at White River Medical Center, call (870) 262-1641 anytime, day or night.