Valdosta Daily Times

April 18, 2014

Greenleaf embarks on ‘a new beginning’

Matthew Woody
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Greenleaf Center invites health-care professionals and business leaders to a ribbon cutting at its 2209 Pineview Drive location to recognize the newly renovated hospital.

“We want to make sure our community knows who we are. When people think of Greenleaf, they think of what it has been, and our tagline is ‘a new beginning,’” said Stephen Register, who is in charge of Greenleaf’s Support Services.

Register said Greenleaf has been a staple in the community for approximately 30 years.

“We’re a part of a larger company called Acadia Healthcare. We’re one of 55 facilities nationwide,” Register said.

Greenleaf is an acute psychiatric hospital that treats mental-health illnesses and substance abuse.

It provides outpatient services such as partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care, but Greenleaf is looking to the future.

“In terms of expansion, we were registered for 50 beds last year, and went through a certificate of need process to get approved for 21 additional beds, in which we were approved, so we’re hopefully going to expand some of our services in the future,” Register said. “Also in the future, we’re looking at possibly having a military program in place because we do service Moody Air Force (Base) members.”

Greenleaf provides a place where Valdostans can get help close to home, as opposed to traveling far away.

“Since January of 2013 when we bought it from South Georgia Medical Center, we’ve renovated the whole building, from the outside to the inside,” Register said. “So we want to recognize that in terms of welcoming the mental-health providers in the area, community business leaders to showcase that.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24.