Sheppard Pratt acquires Way Station

THE BALTIMORE SUN

With psychiatric care continuing to move away from hospitalization to community treatment, Sheppard Pratt Health System announced yesterday that Way Station, a community mental health program in Frederick, was becoming part of the Sheppard Pratt system.

Way Station will keep its names and programs and will operate as a subsidiary of Sheppard Pratt, which has grown beyond its Towson psychiatric hospital into a variety of outpatient treatment sites.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Our overall direction and our vision is to move into the community more," said Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein, chief executive officer of Sheppard Pratt.

He said Way Station offered "synergies" with the Jefferson School, a residential school for children and adolescents that Sheppard Pratt opened in Frederick County in September. "We will be able to share some services and develop some programs between the two," he said.

Way Station, founded in 1978, includes a community mental health center, a rehabilitation program and 50 assisted living homes with more than 100 residents.

It has 100 employees and an annual budget of $4.5 million.

Sharfstein said no management or staff changes are planned.

Pub Date: 1/10/97

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