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January 7, 2016 By Gary Larcenaire, CEO Valley Behavioral Health

End of year celebrations for 2015 are behind us, as we look forward to fulfilling another chapter of our individual and collective destinies in 2016. But first, let’s take a look at 2015.

This past year was a pivotal one for Valley Behavioral Health. Our team made the final steps toward state of the art modernization in clinical processes and business operations. We successfully launched our new advanced electronic health record along with full hardware and software modernization, we modernized our retirement plan, offered Mental Health First Aid training in English and Spanish, increased employee engagement and wellness, modernized the recruitment and employee on-boarding processes, expanded our CORE program for women, broadened commercial paneling, created a comprehensive marketing plan, modernized and rebranded hundreds of thousands of square feet of Valley offices and clinics, launched new Valley Behavioral Health and Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning websites, increased our social media awareness and involvement. We expanded and cultivated our partnerships with the Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit Counties, for which we are grateful for their continued support. We opened new Highland Springs Specialty Clinic locations in Riverton and North Davis County. We launched the Brainsway service for depression and also launched a high complexity urinalysis lab. The Pingree Autism Foundation raised $78,000 for technology and released its first end of year giving campaign and annual report and we held fundraisers for the Pingree Center adolescent program which is set to open in early 2016.

This upcoming year, we will focus more on the refinement and continuous improvement of our customer, employee, and stakeholder experiences.
That isn’t to say some significant projects aren’t on the way!

In 2016, we will open a new Valley clinic in West Valley City as well as a new Highland Springs Clinic in St. George and we will finalize and present the Summit County Behavioral Health needs assessment. Our new Pingree Center Adolescent expansion will open and we plan to continue to grow the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Foundation. We plan to ensure Valley pays employees competitively for top performance. We will integrate the healthcare delivery focus in our outreach programs, provide advanced end-user experience using data visualization for managers to easily extract data to improve decision-making processes across all programs, and finally, we plan to expand the homelessness and justice reinvestment initiatives. Just to name a few!
As we begin in 2016, we will work to hone the remarkable foundational processes and tools put into place from 2012 to 2015.

I am proud of our system of care and the employees who work tirelessly to make magic happen daily.

I look forward to making 2016 another amazing year. It will consist of hard work. But I promise with this group, there will be a great success, friendship and plenty of laughter.

We are excited to start this New Year and take you along with us as we look to have another monumental year!

Sincerely,
Gary Larcenaire
CEO, Valley Behavioral Health

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