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Catalpa Health adds five providers

(Appleton, Wis. – Jan. 3, 2014) – Catalpa Health recently hired five providers, including two mental health therapists, a mental health resident therapist, an advanced practice nurse prescriber and a psychologist. Catalpa Health now has a total of 26 providers on staff.

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Holly Wohlfeil, MA, LPC, joins Catalpa Health as a mental health therapist who treats abuse and trauma; issues related to adoption and foster care; self-harming behaviors; and depression and anxiety in children of all ages. She has special interest in treating those with abuse, trauma, attachment and adoption issues. Wohlfeil graduated with her Master of Arts degree in community counseling from Marquette University.

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Amy M. Morrissey, MSE, LPC, is a mental health therapist who treats a wide range of topics including trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety and family system issues. Morrissey has special interest in the utilization of play and art interventions (symbolic language of self expression). She treats children ages four years and older. Morrissey received a bachelor’s degree in social work and master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is a nationally certified counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, a licensed professional counselor through the state of Wisconsin and a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

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Gina Leonardelli, LPCIT, is a licensed professional counselor in training who treats patients with ADHD, anger, anxiety, behavior management issues, self-esteem issues, social skills, autism spectrum disorders and depression. She has a special interest in homelessness/displacement issues and Spanish-speaking clients. Leonardelli sees patients ages birth to five years of age and adolescents. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Spanish from St. Norbert College and her Master of Arts degree in community counseling with child/adolescent specialization from Marquette University. Leonardelli has a professional counselor training license credential through the state of Wisconsin. She is working toward her 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice needed to obtain full licensure. Leonardelli receives weekly supervision from a state-approved clinical supervisor and attends regular clinical collaboration with other Catalpa Health therapists, nurse practitioners and clinical psychologists.

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Jillian Schuh, Ph.D., joins Catalpa Health as a psychologist. She provides neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents with difficulties related to attention and hyperactivity; communication; memory; learning; and social and emotional functioning and behavior. Schuh has specialty training in neuropsychological assessment with children who have medical or neurological complexities and treats children ages 2 – 18. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from University of Connecticut, completed an internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and completed her fellowship and two-year training program specializing in neuropsychological assessment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Beth Boehnlein, MS, RN, joins Catalpa Health as a psych-certified advanced practice nurse prescriber who focuses on treating those with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders and psychotic disorders. She sees patients ages 13-18. Beth received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, her Master of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is ANCC certified as a psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist.

Catalpa Health adds new psychologist

(Appleton, Wis. – July 16, 2013) – Catalpa Health recently added clinical psychologist Susan M. Oestreicher, Ph.D., to its team of providers. With this addition, Catalpa Health now has six psychologists, two prevention specialists, four psychiatrists and 12 master’s-level therapists.

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Oestreicher joins Catalpa Health as a psychologist who specializes in the mental health evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents. She has a special interest in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, depressive disorders, ADHD, oppositional behaviors and parent-child issues. Oestreicher will see patients ranging from ages two to 18 years of age. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and completed her internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need.

Lisa Kogan-Praska Named President and CEO of Catalpa Health

(Appleton, Wis. – May 14, 2012) – The Catalpa Health board of directors today announces it has named Lisa Kogan-Praska as president and CEO of the organization. Formed in February of 2012 as a joint venture of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health will provide comprehensive, community-based, outpatient behavioral health care to children.

“I am thrilled to accept this new position,” said Kogan-Praska. “Having worked in the health care industry for nearly 20 years, I recognize the dire need for the services Catalpa Health will provide. To have the opportunity to help shape this organization is a true privilege.”

In her role as president of the newly formed organization, Kogan-Praska will be responsible for hiring staff, developing the Catalpa Health program and working with area health care providers, schools and community organizations to ensure children have access to Catalpa Health services.

“Lisa is a perfect fit for Catalpa Health,” said Board Chair Dave VanderZanden. “As we continue to build the Catalpa Health program we need someone with clear direction and a proven management track record and Lisa excels in both areas. The board of directors looks forward to seeing Catalpa Health develop quickly under Lisa’s leadership.”

Kogan-Praska joins Catalpa Health after 12 years of service with Affinity Occupational Health, the last four spent as the director of Occupational Health and patient experience. She has worked in health care her entire career and spent time working in both behavioral health and children’s health fields.

Catalpa Health is a stand-alone entity that will provide outpatient services including: individual and group therapy, psychological and neuropsychological testing, medical management (psychiatry) and prevention services for the local public schools. Inpatient behavioral and mental health services will continue to be provided by St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need.

Three Fox Valley health care organizations announce the creation of Catalpa Health to meet child and adolescent behavioral and mental health needs

Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare collaborate on creation of new organization

(Appleton, Wis. – Feb. 27, 2012) – Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin andThedaCare are creating a new organization to provide outpatient child and adolescent mental health services. Catalpa Health is being formed to provide seamless, accessible, collaborative behavioral and mental health services.

“The current approach to providing mental health services for children and adolescents in the Fox Cities is not optimal,” said Daniel E. Neufelder, president and CEO of Affinity Health System. “Our current model is fragmented with limited access to care and not financially sustainable. It was time to think differently about our collective approach to care.”

The 2006 LIFE study (http://www.foxcitieslifestudy.org/) showed that the community needs to focus on children’s mental health, and in response, Affinity, ThedaCare, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin began collaborating. That led to the Fox Valley Children’s Mental Health Center. The 2011 LIFE study confirmed that a need still existed, and in February 2011, Neufelder along with Dean Gruner, MD, president and CEO of ThedaCare and Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Health System, formed a committee to lead a strategic planning process to take the next step in addressing the community’s pediatric mental health care needs.

The process led the committee to form Catalpa Health, a stand-alone entity that will provide outpatient services including: individual and group therapy, psychological and neuropsychological testing, medical management (psychiatry) and prevention services for the local public schools. Inpatient behavioral and mental health services will continue to be provided by St. Elizabeth Hospital.

“It was clear from the start we needed to create a single, unified entity to provide the full continuum of pediatric mental health services,” said Dr. Gruner. “Catalpa Health is our response to the desire to find better ways to serve the mental health care needs of children in the Fox Valley.”

“We set lofty goals and we believe we can achieve them,” said Troy. “We are absolutely committed to increasing the number of children and adolescents whose behavioral/mental health care needs can be served. Catalpa Health will allow us to improve access to all levels of mental health care, eliminate duplication and improve operational effectiveness and create tighter connections with schools and community agencies.”

Catalpa Health is focused on:

  • Providing consistent best practices across the care continuum
  • Creating a common electronic medical record for outpatient services
  • Removing insurance barriers and other barriers to care
  • Improving the ability to attract, retain and develop talented physicians, providers, management and staff

Community representatives have been involved in defining the scope of the challenges, helping develop recommendations and helping engage the community in fundraising efforts.

A board of directors for Catalpa Health has been named. There are three board members representing each of the three partners and one from each organization must be a community member. Board members to date include:

  • Travis Andersen, president, St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Larry Donatelle, MD, vice president of medical affairs, St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Tom Schmidt, executive chairman, U.S. Venture, Inc.
  • Mary Downs, executive director, ThedaCare Behavioral Health
  • John Edwards, MD, pediatrician, ThedaCare
  • Dave VanderZanden, former president and CEO, School Specialty, Inc.
  • Mary Hosmer, director, Children’s Hospital & Health System Foundation, Inc.
  • Tim Klunk, executive director, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Marne Keller-Krikava, vice president of strategy and business planning, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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 Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need