Based on names alone, the alliance might have been inevitable.
Officials announced Friday that Park Center Inc. will become a Parkview Health affiliate on Oct. 1.
Park Center’s mental health providers will work closely with Parkview Behavioral Health and Parkview Physicians Group “to create a comprehensive continuum of mental health care” in the community, Parkview said in a news release.
Plans call for updating some Park Center locations and expanding clinical processes.
The two organizations will study which services can be integrated and work to coordinate addiction treatment programs.
Paul Wilson, Park Center’s president and CEO, said the partnership will help his organization increase its ability to help patients.
“Park Center’s mission is to provide quality care and support to our clients, promoting wellness and healing for all ages and at every stage of recovery,” he said in a statement.
“Working alongside Parkview, we can expand that mission and do more for those in need of behavioral care.”
The nonprofit provides services to children, adolescents and adults, including psychological testing; school intervention; and individual, group and family therapy for behavioral health and addiction.
Park Center, which employs about 500, operates locations in Fort Wayne, Bluffton and Decatur.
Chuck Clark, Parkview Behavioral Health’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, said the organizations have had a close working relationship for years, with Parkview focused on inpatient care and Park Center working with clients on an outpatient basis.
“This affiliation is a tremendous opportunity to build on the strengths of both organizations to provide access to a full continuum of high-quality, convenient and coordinated behavioral healthcare services,” he said in a statement.
Parkview, which is also nonprofit, tries to respond to changing community needs, President and CEO Mike Packnett said in a statement.
“When it comes to mental health,” he said, “access to care and resources has never been more important.”