FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2012 — Gotham, New Jersey
The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane Rebrands for New Mission
Wayne Enterprises CEO Lucius Fox Announces Refocusing of
Facility’s Objectives and Point of Care
The Wayne Medical Healthcare System Corporation, the tri-county area’s largest municipal healthcare system, today announced that the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane is rebranding as the Elizabeth Arkham Psychiatric Hospital. As a member of the Wayne Medical Healthcare System Board of Directors, Mr. Lucius Fox will provide strategic and operational oversight and is vested with fiduciary responsibilities for the Hospital.
“As a passionate advocate of patient safety in the Wayne Medical Healthcare System and our own organizations, I am honored to announce this esteemed organization that plays such an important role in the national movement to improve patient safety,” said Fox.
“We are extremely pleased and honored to undergo this transformation to a new care model,” said Dr. William V. Stanhope, Director of the Elizabeth Arkham Psychiatric Hospital. “With the provisions of the Harvey Dent Act transferring and now redirecting those deemed as a criminal threat to themselves and to others, we are now able to bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and a proven commitment to patient care to our new role, and join a remarkable group of care centers who serve the greater Gotham area and southern New Jersey. We look forward to providing a unique perspective and contribution.”
In recent years, the Elizabeth Arkham Psychiatric Hospital and its various units have received numerous awards and recognitions, including the John M. Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum for innovation in patient safety and quality, the Codman Award for Quality from the Joint Commission, the Nicholas Davies Award (twice) for excellence in clinical IT, and three quality-related awards from the American Hospital Association.
The Healthcare Association of New Jersey State recently has twice recognized the Elizabeth Arkham Psychiatric Hospital with its annual Award for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, once for Violence Reduction Protocol in psychiatric services, and most recently for its innovations in reducing emergency medicine complications. And the Commonwealth Fund has profiled Arkham Hospital as a high-performance mental healthcare facility based on its advanced use of clinical information systems, effective mental disease management, collaborative team work to implement clinical best practices, and commitment to a patient-centered healthcare delivery model.
About the Elizabeth Arkham Psychiatric Hospital
The Elizabeth Arkham Psychiatric Hospital is a specialist service that provides assessment, treatment and care in conditions of high security for patients from Gotham and southern New Jersey. It’s one of three high-security psychiatric hospitals in the tri-state area, and is nationally recognized, both for work with patients and for our extensive research activities.
Arkham Hospital treats people with mental illness and personality disorders who represent a high degree of risk to themselves or to others. The Hospital looks after around 240 patients and the average stay is five to six years, although many patients’ stay is considerably shorter. Patients are transferred to conditions of lower security once the risks that they have posed are diminished.
The Hospital provides a full range of therapeutic treatments, tailored to each patient’s individual needs, including assessment, specialist care and rehabilitation. Arkham Hospital use a combination of medication and psychological therapies. To learn more about the work of the The Elizabeth Arkham Psychiatric Hospital, please visit theelizabetharkhamhospital.tumblr.com.
About Wayne Medical Corporation
The Wayne Medical Healthcare System Corporation (HSC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 420,000 member health plan, GothamPlus, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the tri-state area. HSC serves 1.4 million Gothamites every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HSC provides medical, mental health, and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers, and more than 70 community-based clinics under the Thomas Wayne Foundation. HSC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for Gothamites. For more information, visit waynefoundation.tumblr.com.