Catalpa Health Update

With its grand opening approaching, Catalpa Health, the new joint venture between Affinity, ThedaCare and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, reaffirms its promise to provide comprehensive outpatient pediatric mental health services. Catalpa will be located at 444 Westhill Blvd in Appleton and will launch on November 1, 2012. We will open with over 30 employees, including 21 clinical providers.

Renovations have started on the facility with a focus on creating an inviting and therapeutic environment for our patients and their families. Work also continues on developing the necessary process flows to bring the three organizations together and create a smooth transition for our patients and staff.

Catalpa recently hired two key positions to its management team. Greg Blume, MS, LCSW, is the clinical manager and will focus on program development, community outreach and clinical best practices. Justin Dlugolenski, MBA, was hired as the business/operations manager and will be responsible for the daily operations of the clinic.

Catalpa plans to significantly increase its accessibility within the next five years to help meet the growing need for mental health services in our community. However, this work will take time to build the needed programs and recruit additional providers required to create a mental health Center of Excellence for kids and families. As we grow, Catalpa will focus on collaborating with existing community providers and agencies to increase access, along with providing effective case management to link patients and their families to necessary resources.

Catalpa also plans to launch a satellite office in Oshkosh in late 2012 or early 2013. The management team at Catalpa welcomes the opportunity to meet with AMG providers or your department to answer questions and keep you updated on Catalpa's progress. For more information, please call Catalpa Health at 920-750-7000.