Bournewood Health Systems believes that individuals with mental health and substance use conditions can recover, at any stage of life, with access to effective treatment and supports, enabling them to live, work, learn and participate fully in their community.
Bournewood Health Systems is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based and person-centered treatment for people with mental health and substance use conditions in a safe and respectful environment in partnership with the individuals and families we serve, focusing on support, hope and recovery.
We are committed to a safe and professional environment of care guided by best practices which promote collaboration among patients, families and colleagues.
We believe that good mental health is essential to good overall health.
We respect the individual’s right to self-determination and encourage full participation in their treatment.
We value our dedicated, compassionate and diverse staff who foster respect and dignity for the individuals we serve.
We strive to continually improve quality of care and treatment through ongoing staff education, training and support of professional growth.
Why the ginkgo leaf?
The symbolism of the ginkgo is very appropriate for Bournewood and the adults, adolescents and families we serve. The ginkgo biloba, or Maidenhair tree, has been known to live for 2,000 years. It is considered a symbol of longevity, hope, resilience and peace.
These are the characteristics of recovery we strive to instill in our mission, our values, our clinical approach and most importantly, in the lives of the individuals who come to Bournewood to heal from mental health and substance use conditions.
The ginkgo is a beautiful tree, revered in Japan and China. There is a story that tells of the ginkgo tree’s profound endurance. Not only has this exceptionally resilient tree survived three mass extinction events over the past quarter of a billion years, but it was found to be the only surviving plant species near the epicenter of the August 6, 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb blast. In September 1945, the area around the blast center was examined and six Gingko trees were found standing. They budded shortly after the blast without major deformations and are still alive to this day.