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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Valley Hope opens Moundridge center Dedication/open house

  •  Officials from the Valley Hope Association will conduct a dedication/open house ceremony for Moundridge Valley Hope at 10 a.m. Thursday at the facility at 200 S. Avenue B in Moundridge. The public is invited to attend the event, which will include a ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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  •  Officials from the Valley Hope Association will conduct a dedication/open house ceremony for Moundridge Valley Hope at 10 a.m. Thursday at the facility at 200 S. Avenue B in Moundridge. The public is invited to attend the event, which will include a ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Valley Hope, one of the largest, non-profit alcohol and drug addiction treatment providers in the United States, broke ground for the new facility June 1, 2009. Moundridge Valley Hope will provide a full range of treatment services, including residential, day/partial care, sub-acute detoxification, outpatient, and group/individual counseling.           
    Valley Hope Board of Directors’ Chairman Pat George said Valley Hope’s move “is an exciting chapter in our history as our business is all about providing treatment services to people suffering from the disease of addiction.”
    Dr. Ken Gregoire, president/CEO of the association, echoed that sentiment, “We believe the setting is a perfect one to provide quality alcohol and drug addiction treatment services.”
    “The move to Moundridge is a new building but not a new program,” Gregoire said. “Thanks to the generous support of the Wedel Foundation, we had the opportunity to build a treatment center from the ground up,” Gregoire said. “We think it will be a great place for our patients.”
    Serving as program director for the new facility is Carla Moore, MS, LCPC, AAPS, who has been employed with Valley Hope since 2001. Prior to her recent move, she was program director for the Valley Hope location in Norton.
    “We are very excited about the move to Moundridge. I re-located to Moundridge in February, and the warmth and friendliness of the community is going to be very healing for our patients. It’s going to be a good fit for all,” she said.
    Dallas Uhrich, Moundridge director of development, has played a fundamental leadership role in Valley Hope’s presence in southeast Kansas since 1987. Uhrich said the move to Moundridge is highly significant in Valley Hope’s mission to continue providing the area with quality treatment. It’s a project, he said, for which he’s “very grateful has been able to be completed in the memory of Larry Wedel.”
    Valley Hope operates residential and outpatient facilities in seven states, including centers in Norton, Atchison, Mission, Wichita and prior to the opening of Moundridge, a center in Halstead. Once the new Moundridge location is completed, Valley Hope will close Halstead Valley Hope, which leased space from Halstead hospital. Gregoire said “a fairly large percentage” of the staff will move to the new facility.

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