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 WEST GROVE, Pa., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Chester County Medical Center (SCCMC) and MeadowWood Hospital will be working together to provide more extensive mental health care to the residents of the greater southern Chester County area.
 The hospitals made the announcement today in a joint media release.
 SCCMC, a 77-bed acute care hospital in West Grove, and MeadowWood Hospital, a 50-bed psychiatric hospital in New Castle, Del., have signed an affiliation agreement to coordinate mental health service delivery, enhance continuity of care, and promote a cost-effective, least restrictive approach to the provision of mental health care to those who require such services.
 The process which led to today's announcement started over a year ago, according to Larry K. Spaid, president, SCCMC. "Our goal was to enhance psychiatric services available to the residents of southern Chester County. We started the process by bringing in psychiatrist Daniel B. Block, M.D. He has been instrumental in building our program and establishing relationships with other providers of mental health services."
 "Our affiliation with MeadowWood Hospital means that residents of the greater southern Chester County area now have an inpatient option to the outpatient psychiatric services offered at SCCMC," said Block, chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at SCCMC. "Conversely, MeadowWood patients in southern Chester County can obtain outpatient psychiatric services at SCCMC upon discharge from MeadowWood."
 Cathryn Clary, M.D., medical director at MeadowWood, reinforced the need for the two hospitals' affiliation. "An important part of treatment planning consists of working closely with the outpatient physician or therapist," said Clary. "Our goal, in addition to providing continuity of care, is to consolidate and sustain the patient's therapeutic gains post-discharge."
 "MeadowWood and SCCMC have formed this affiliation to draw on the strengths of both hospitals," said Scott C. Stamm, administrator and chief executive officer at MeadowWood. "The agreement is an important link in providing a continuum of mental health services in a more cost- effective and least restrictive way."
 In addition to enhancing the delivery of services to patients, the SCCMC/MeadowWood affiliation calls for the joint education of staff and will develop behavioral health services or programs as needed by the community. The hospitals also will work together to recruit physicians and other clinical staff as necessary.
 SCCMC announced the opening of a new Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior last July under the medical direction of Block. In addition, this department now oversees SCCMC's Addiction Recovery Center and opened a new Sleep Disorders Center earlier this month.
 MeadowWood Hospital is a provider of acute inpatient treatment to children, adolescents and adults. MeadowWood also offers partial hospitalization programs, academic services and specialized program tracks for the treatment of substance abuse and sexual abuse.
 For more information about SCCMC's psychiatric programs, call 215-869-1453. For more information about MeadowWood Hospital's programs, call 800-289-8336.
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 /CONTACT: William Pugh, director, public relations of Southern Chester County Medical Center, 610-869-1360, or Kristie Augenblick, director, community relations of MeadowWood Hospital, 302-328-3330/

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