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Edgewater’s new name and logo revealed

On a sunny and near perfect fall day in Gary, Indiana, the Edgewater Systems/Edgewater Behavioral Health Services unveiled its new name and logo, Edgewater Health, during a ceremony at 1100 W. 6th Avenue on September 27, 2017.

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PRESIDENT AND CEO of Edgewater Health Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes shares with the audience the thoughts behind the new name and new logo, prior to it being revealed on the building.

Edgewater Systems/Edgewater Behavioral Health Services – known for more than 43 years for providing quality and diverse behavioral health services to the Northwest Indiana community—announced recently that it is changing its name to Edgewater Health.  The name change reflects the organization’s broader health care commitment that now includes delivering a comprehensive set of primary care services.

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AS THE TARP is removed to reveal the new Edgewater Health sign high above their heads and not visible in this photo, attendees are sprinkled with colorful confetti as they applaud.

“Simple and straightforward, Edgewater Health will be a big umbrella under which all of our services can thrive,” said Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes. “We are excited to expand to primary care services and this name will help us achieve this goal. Our scope of care has broadened, and we are pleased to have a name that complements this change. Edgewater Health signals an understanding that good healthcare takes both physical and mental health into account.”

The unveiling was well attended by community partners, citizens of Gary, as well as local and state elected officials. The event began with an invocation by Rev. Dwight Gardner, senior pastor of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. Speakers at the event included Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, president and CEO of Edgewater Health; Dr. Sharon Johnson Shirley, Chairperson of the Board and Superintendent of Lake Ridge School Corporation; and State Rep. Charlie Brown.

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DR. SHARON JOHNSON SHIRLEY (left) joins Edgewater Health President and CEO Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes at the main entrance to deliver remarks for the unveiling ceremony of the new name and new logo. (Photos by Ted Brown)

Other dignitaries and notables in attendance included Justin Mount Regional Director for U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly; State Rep. Dr. Vernon Smith; and Lake County Prosecutor, Bernard Carter; Edgewater Board Member Attorney Jerome Ezell; former Edgewater Board Member Earl Smith; and Roosevelt Haywood, III.

The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented across the organization’s product and services throughout the 2017 calendar year.

About Edgewater Health

Edgewater Health provides high quality, compassionate primary care and behavioral health services.  Our 43 years of experience have taught us that physical health and mental health are interconnected.  It’s with great pride and commitment to the “whole person” that we offer primary care to achieve our goal of well-rounded, full-circle care.  Our Mission, Vision, and Values reflect and uphold this promise to the community we serve.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive physical and behavioral healthcare services for individuals and their families. Customized care specifically developed for each patient will help achieve goals and improve outcomes. In improving the lives of individuals, we hope to create a ripple effect that will contribute to the quality of life and overall health of our entire community.

Our vision: Edgewater Health is eternally optimistic about the health of the people we serve. Our vision is to continue to develop and deliver the best quality behavioral and physical healthcare. This includes the development of evidence-based treatment tactics, an initiative for better health across communities, and the delivery of services that will positively impact our patients.


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