On Friday, May 8, 2015, over 120 community leaders, friends, donors, board members and staff helped us celebrate the official ribbon cutting of Mosaic’s new $4 million integrated health care center in Baltimore City. The new center further strengthens our dedication to adults, children, families and communities across Baltimore.
Unveiled as the Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D. Integrated Health Care Center, named for Sheppard Pratt President and CEO Dr. Steven Sharfstein, the 20,000 square foot center combines mental health, addictions, pain management and primary care services in a seamless model of care that focuses on addresses the needs of the whole person.
The center is a total renovation of the first floor and infrastructure of Mosaic’s 56 year-old building on North Charles Street. The new center and capital improvements were made possible through donor support. Major donors include The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, for whom the building has been renamed; The Sheppard Pratt Health System; the State of Maryland and the Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene; The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation; France-Merrick Foundation. Additionally, board members and individual donors made significant contributions toward the capital costs of the project.
“Psychiatric care should be provided as part of a total, comprehensive approach to the health of every individual,” said Dr. Steve Sharfstein. “Through this integrated health care center on Charles Street, we will be a city-wide resource of coordinated mental health, addiction and primary care to people in need.”
“This center is how people should be getting services,” said Jeff Richardson, our executive director. “We can focus on actively coordinating services for all of a person’s health care needs. Mosaic provides care to some of the most vulnerable adults & children in Baltimore City and throughout Central Maryland. It is my hope to replicate this advanced model of care across all Mosaic locations to help address the needs of the underserved, vulnerable people in our communities.”
Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner and keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting, reinforced the need to get beyond the piecemeal, fragmented care and serve these individuals who are not just our patients but our neighbors, friends and family members.
Our thanks to Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, and The Honorable Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes who addressed the audience; and to Sen. Delores Kelley, for sharing this special day with us.
Another highlight of the day was the deeply inspiring story of courage, recovery and hope shared by our client, Kelly Damon. Kelly’s story truly breathes life into our mission of transforming lives.
Mosaic provides a wide range of services to Baltimore City from the Charles Street building, such as a psychiatric rehabilitation day program, vocational services, residential services, outreach programs and the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. Additional renovations to the Baltimore City location are part of Mosaic’s long-term plans.