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Rosecrance workers start first day at former Swedes outpatient clinic

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Aspen Counseling & Consulting Director Stephen Smith Aspen Counseling & Consulting Director Stephen Smith

For some people, change can be tough. That's why a new partnership between two major Rockford area health networks puts patients' needs first. About a month ago, Rosecrance administrators announced the network was taking over a SwedishAmerican Health System outpatient clinic. That service started Friday. The 9th floor at Camelot Tower won't look much different for a few months.

Where Swedes' Behavioral Health Resources once was, Aspen Counseling & Consulting, a Rosecrance affiliate, has taken over. A few BHR staff members are staying though, working for Aspen, to offer services for mental health patients.

"Situational depression, sometimes it may be work and life stress that brings them in for some counseling. We treat both adolescents and adults, so it can be ADHD, any kind of mood disorders where they just need some ongoing medication management as well as some therapy support to work on coping skill development." -says Aspen Counseling & Consulting Director Stephen Smith.

The original plan was for Aspen to be set up in a new location by now, but that might have not been the best idea for patients.

"We really wanted to have uninterrupted care for as many people as we possibly could because we know that change is not easy." -explains Smith.

Aspen's final goal is to move into its own building, but it'll stay in the region. Smith says they've narrowed it down to three locations.

"We're looking at different locations throughout the Rockford area that are going to be conveniently accessed by all the major roads as well as by the bus system. We want to make sure that people can find us easily and that they can access us through a variety of means, too." -he says.

There, clients will see even more new faces.

"We are in the process of adding a couple different staff members, to help with the support services, and ultimately when we are out of one location we will be amply staffed with both the therapists, the support staff and the doctors." -Smith adds.

Aspen Counseling & Consulting should be operating out of its own space by June 1st.

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