Bournewood News and Announcements

June 03, 2019

We are very pleased to share that Bournewood Health Systems was selected to participate in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health-sponsored Zero Suicide Academy™ this month.

I extend congratulations to the Zero Suicide Academy™ Team: Mona Bastide, LICSW, MSW, Chief Operating Officer; Sheila Peck, LICSW, MSW, Manager of Ambulatory Services; Alex Tradd, RN, BA – Manager of Staff Education; and Sarah Kelly, RN, ADN, Nurse Manager of Stedman ITU.

As an organization and as a compassionate team of doctors, nurses and clinicians, we are deeply committed to preventing suicide in our facilities. We pride ourselves in delivering compassionate and dignified care and treatment that takes seriously the recovery we know our clients can achieve. Suicide prevention is a major component of our clinical programs and the physical plant and milieu.

The Zero Suicide™ approach is wholly aligned with our approach to trauma-informed and person-centered treatment. Since 2015 when we instituted the Six Core Strategies©, which is rooted in the principles of trauma informed care, all disciplines across the hospital are trained to understand that many of the individuals served by Bournewood have had experiences of trauma during their lifetime—trauma which often leaves lasting emotional hardship. As a Joint Commission accredited facility, and licensed by the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health and Public Health, we can be proud of our attention to a safe environment for patients and staff.

Expanding our horizons in this way will only benefit an already dedicated and expert staff and most importantly further promote the healing and hope we give to the individuals who come to Bournewood to begin their recovery.


Congratulations again to Bournewood’s Zero Suicide™ Academy team and our deepest appreciation goes to every dedicated staff member of the Bournewood organization.

Bournewood, The Meadows and Sunspire Team Up with the Jimmy Fund Telethon

August 15, 2017

Bournewood Health Systems and our sister organizations Meadows Behavioral Health and Sunspire Health are proud to be a sponsor of the 16th Annual Jimmy Fund Telethon, broadcast live from Fenway Park on NESN August 15 and 16. A Boston institution, the Jimmy Fund telethon supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and was simulcast on WEEI radio. Bournewood Chief Medical Office Dr. Carmel Heinsohn kicks off our time at the telethon with a live interview from Fenway Park.


This is the first time the Jimmy Fund Telethon has included a behavioral health component. Just hearing the word cancer is enough to elicit powerful, negative emotions like fear, dread and significant anxiety.  Living with the condition is that much more difficult. A person with cancer is vulnerable to developing depression or anxiety — conditions that compound stress and further interfere with daily life. Major depression affects anywhere from 15% to 25% of all cancer patients.


Addiction is another real risk for cancer patients. Painkillers can provide a significant amount of relief for people with cancer pain, and often, they’re considered vital in preserving a person’s quality of life. But painkillers can also be intensely strong, and issues of addiction are a concern in some people with cancer.


For tips on how to cope with cancer, depression, anxiety and substance use issues, click here for the fact sheet.


“We have to remember that cancer is often thought of as a disease of the body; however, it also has a serious impact on the mental health of cancer patients; and the risk of opioid addiction is great,” said Bournewood CEO Marcia Fowler. “We are truly honored to be part of the team to help strike out cancer and bring awareness of good mental health and addiction recovery to our communities.”

If It's May, It Must Be Mental Health Month

April 27, 2017

Did you know that the first observance of Mental Health Month occurred in May 1949? And today, 58 years later, Mental Health America (MHA) and legions of peers, advocates, families and providers have kept movement stronger than ever.


Risky Business is MHA's theme for 2017. It's one of several, but it's an important one. So we would ask: Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?


Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently -- and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.


Sometimes people -- especially young people -- struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.


Activities like recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.


At Bournewood Hospital, we’re using our feet to walk (or run) the talk about minding our mental and emotional well being. We're here to help people recover and Mental Health Month is a time to get out of the shadows and put mental health and substance use conditions where they belong -- in the light of day. Activities and events across the Commonwealth are taking place almost every day this month.


Bournewood is a sponsor of several of these including the Boston Bulldogs Running Club Run for Recovery on May 7; and the annual NAMI Walk at Artesani Park on May 13. Our CEO Marcia Fowler, a long-time marathon runner, will be on the field at both, joining in the growing groups of mental health warriors.


Marcia is also among NAMI-Mass. CEOs Against Stigma and we join with our allies to raise awareness not just during May, but every day.

Bournewood Health Systems Is Now Part of the Alita Care Family

March 20, 2017

Alita Care, LLC (“Alita”), a leading national provider of behavioral health services, today announced the acquisition of Bournewood Health Systems (“Bournewood”), a leading New England based provider of acute psychiatric and dual diagnosis (psych / substance abuse) treatment services.

Alita serves as the parent holding company for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare (“The Meadows”) and Sunspire Health (“Sunspire”) and is a leading national behavioral health services provider with 16 differentiated programs across the country. The acquisition of Bournewood will further enhance Alita’s treatment capabilities, particularly in acute psychiatric care, while also expanding its comprehensive care model in the Massachusetts market. Based in Brookline, Massachusetts, Bournewood has been in continuous operation since 1884 and serves a wide range of adults and adolescents through acute inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. Bournewood has significant experience treating patients with complex psychiatric and addiction-related diseases and serves a critical need in its local market. Former Massachusetts mental health commissioner Marcia Fowler was named Chief Executive Officer of Bournewood in 2015 and will continue to lead the hospital going forward.

New EAP for Bournewood Staff and their Families

February 10, 2017

Bournewood’s new Employee Assistance Program was recently announced to all staff and their families and quickly transformed into a message of support from Bournewood CEO Marcia Fowler in the wake of recent events surrounding the President’s Executive Order affecting refugees of war and non-citizens from certain countries. The action caused anxiety, fear and confusion for many people, not just at Bournewood, but all over the country.


At Bournewood, we are proud to have a diverse workforce dedicated to providing humane and compassionate treatment to the individuals who need our services, who come to us to heal and recover from challenging mental health and substance use conditions.


Our CEO has assured all employees at Bournewood that they are supported and valued regardless of where they are from. 

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