HRMC and Fortwood to merge, pending Attorney General’s approval

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

KNOXVILLE – The Helen Ross McNabb Center Inc. and Fortwood Center Inc. of Chattanooga have signed a letter of intent to merge. The merger is contingent on the State of Tennessee Attorney General’s approval.

 HRMC and Fortwood are longstanding community mental health centers in Tennessee. Fortwood has operated as a community mental health center since 1946 and is a prominent nonprofit in the Chattanooga area. The organization has provided outpatient mental health services to both children and adults during its existence.

 “Fortwood plans to merge its operations with the Helen Ross McNabb Center because we are similar in our service organization and delivery. We also share the same mission which will allow a smooth transition for the more than 1,000 children and 2,000 adults served annually by Fortwood,” said Fortwood President/CEO Earl Medley.

 Helen Ross McNabb Center will continue providing mental health, substance abuse, housing, psychosocial and expanded behavioral health services in Hamilton County. Through the merger Fortwood aims to continue its mission and expand needed services in the region.

 “The Helen Ross McNabb Center is pleased to announce its planned merger with Fortwood. Under Earl Medley’s leadership, Fortwood is recognized for providing quality care to its neighbors in the Chattanooga community,” says Andy Black, HRMC CEO/President. “The Helen Ross McNabb Center plans to add services that will enhance the continuum of care historically provided by Fortwood.”

 Since 1948, the Helen Ross McNabb Center has provided compassionate and quality mental health care services. Over the years the Center has grown into a regional not-for-profit, integrated system of care providing mental health care, addiction and cooccurring treatment, and recovery and social services for nearly 12,000 children, adults and families. For more information, visit www. or call 865-637-9711.

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