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April 29, 2011
In the past few weeks The Baltimore Sun has published several articles in which the neighbors of a proposed Sheppard Pratt facility known as "The Retreat" have been much maligned for their opposition. The Board of the Ruxton-Riderwood-Lake Roland Area Improvement Association would like to correct this mischaracterization of the neighborhood's opposition. We, as an organization, have historically fought against intrusions into our neighborhoods that include not only Ruxton but also those in the Riderwood and Lake Roland communities.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Dr. Robert W. Gibson, a seminal figure for more than three decades at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital where he oversaw the desegregation of its facilities, ended its bankruptcy and extended it into the community, died March 8 of heart failure at his Parkton home. He was 89. "Bob was a major leader in American psychiatry and not just at Sheppard Pratt or in Maryland. He devoted his life to Sheppard Pratt for more than 30 years and was really a remarkable leader," said Dr. Steve Sharfstein who succeeded Dr. Gibson in 1992 as president of what is now Sheppard Pratt Health System.
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Jacques Kelly | January 11, 2013
The whimsical building entered into local legend as the gingerbread home of Hansel and Gretel. The Sheppard Pratt gatehouse is so firmly established as a beloved Baltimore landmark that you almost expect merry gnomes to appear at its slender windows. It's not hard to envision an eccentric witch or two here. There's even a little stream nearby for a troll. What exactly happened behind the walls of this semi-mysterious abode in the woods alongside a busy Charles Street adjacent to the Woodbrook, Murray Hill and Greater Towson neighborhoods?
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
William E. "Bill" Edrington, a retired hospital maintenance worker and plasterer, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at Country Companions, a Taneytown assisted-living facility. He was 83. The son of a Baltimore Transit Co. worker and a homemaker, William Edward Edrington was born at the home on Chestnut Avenue in Hampden where he was also raised. Mr. Edrington was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and in the 1940s went to work for Hampshire Construction Co. as a plasterer.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | September 7, 2012
Hannah More School, a private school for children with autism and other emotional and learning disabilities, is becoming a part of Sheppard Pratt Health System. Officials with Hannah More said merging with the state's largest provider of mental health and special education therapeutic services would allow it to better serve its students. Financial details of the deal, effective Nov. 1, were not disclosed. The Reisterstown school will keep its name, operate under the same school leadership and remain at its current locations under the deal.   The main campus has been located in Reisterstown since 1978, serving students from sixth to 12 th grade with autism, Asperger syndrome and other learning disabilities.
EXPLORE
February 15, 2012
Despite local opposition, Sheppard Pratt's application for a high-end group home in a residential Towson neighborhood has received state approval. Karen Black, director of public relations for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, confirmed Tuesday that approval for the group home in Ruxton was given by the Office of Health Care Quality and sent to Sheppard Pratt on Feb. 2. The home will be a temporary residence for patients who have completed the Retreat program at Sheppard Pratt, a voluntary program for individuals seeking mental health treatment, but are seeking additional support.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2012
Dr. Michael Victor Edelstein, whose career at Sheppard Pratt Health System spanned nearly 30 years and whose hobbies were auto repair and listening to gospel music, died of a heart attack Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Cockeysville resident was 66. Dr. Edelstein was on his way to work Monday morning when he was stricken. He was taken by medics to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. "I've know Michael since I came to Sheppard Pratt in 1986, and he was one of the most remarkable doctors I've ever worked with," said Dr. Steve Sharfstein, Sheppard Pratt Health System president.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | August 5, 2001
Supporters of Sheppard Pratt had a couple of things to celebrate at its Health Expo private reception. First, the 70 guests got a chance to hear some insider stories from ABC-TV reporter Cokie Roberts and her husband, Steve Roberts, a writer for the New York Daily News -- little known information like the fact that Steve and Sheppard Pratt president / CEO Dr. Steven Sharfstein went to high school together, or that -- years ago -- Cokie once had a blind...
NEWS
August 21, 2002
SHEPPARD PRATT Health System is sending mixed signals -- some hopeful, some worrisome -- about the fate of historically noteworthy structures that may not survive if it builds a new inpatient psychiatric hospital on its Towson campus. Prompting optimism is Sheppard Pratt's addition of prominent New York architect Robert Stern to its design team and Mr. Stern's published comments that the team will respect the "sacred landscape" even though "a few bits and pieces are going to be removed."
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | January 10, 1997
With psychiatric care continuing to move away from hospitalization to community treatment, Sheppard Pratt Health System announced yesterday that Way Station, a community mental health program in Frederick, was becoming part of the Sheppard Pratt system.Way Station will keep its names and programs and will operate as a subsidiary of Sheppard Pratt, which has grown beyond its Towson psychiatric hospital into a variety of outpatient treatment sites.Financial terms were not disclosed."Our overall direction and our vision is to move into the community more," said Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein, chief executive officer of Sheppard Pratt.
FEATURES
By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
Wedded: Jade Eaves and Christopher McArdle Date: June 8, 2013 Her story: Jade Eaves, 27, grew up in Locust Point. She is a philanthropy associate at Sheppard Pratt. Her mother, Cindy Eaves, lives in Locust Point. Her father, Dan Macatee, is the owner of Hull Street Blues Cafe in Locust Point. He lives in Harford County with his wife, Kathy. His story: Christopher "Chris" McArdle, 37, is originally from Northern Virginia but moved to Maryland in 1998.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
Anita L. Madsen, a former News American reporter who later became director of public affairs for the Sheppard Pratt Health System, died July 13 of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 69. Born Anita Lewis and raised in Chicago, she worked from 1973 to 1983 with the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, including five years with the Johns Hopkins University Press. While earning a bachelor's degree in mass communications and classical studies in 1983, Ms. Madsen worked the last six months of her senior year as a full-time intern at the old News American.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | January 11, 2013
The whimsical building entered into local legend as the gingerbread home of Hansel and Gretel. The Sheppard Pratt gatehouse is so firmly established as a beloved Baltimore landmark that you almost expect merry gnomes to appear at its slender windows. It's not hard to envision an eccentric witch or two here. There's even a little stream nearby for a troll. What exactly happened behind the walls of this semi-mysterious abode in the woods alongside a busy Charles Street adjacent to the Woodbrook, Murray Hill and Greater Towson neighborhoods?
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
Suzanne W. Reynolds, a psychotherapist and management consultant, died Sept. 21 of pancreatic cancer at her son's Ruxton home. She was 70. The daughter of a career Army officer and a homemaker, Suzanne Weston Reynolds was born in Cumberland and raised in Korea, Hawaii, Tennessee, Maryland and Virginia. After graduating from Annandale High School in Annandale, Va., in 1960, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1964 from George Washington University, where she also earned a master's degree.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | September 7, 2012
Hannah More School, a private school for children with autism and other emotional and learning disabilities, is becoming a part of Sheppard Pratt Health System. Officials with Hannah More said merging with the state's largest provider of mental health and special education therapeutic services would allow it to better serve its students. Financial details of the deal, effective Nov. 1, were not disclosed. The Reisterstown school will keep its name, operate under the same school leadership and remain at its current locations under the deal.   The main campus has been located in Reisterstown since 1978, serving students from sixth to 12 th grade with autism, Asperger syndrome and other learning disabilities.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
Dr. Rose C. Kurz, a retired psychiatric nurse and educator who had been a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization, died Aug. 3 of complications after surgery at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Forest Hill resident was 85. Rose C. Kurz, whose father was chairman of the biology department at Florida State University, and whose mother was a homemaker, was born and raised in Tallahasse, Fla., where she graduated from...
BUSINESS
February 20, 1997
The Sheppard Pratt Health System announced yesterday that it has launched a free phone consultation service for physicians, called Consult-Line.Physicians with questions about patients with behavioral or substance-abuse problems can get a return call from the Sheppard Pratt staff psychiatrist.Mark R. Eber, a Sheppard Pratt spokesman, said the calls would be fielded by the same counselors who answer calls from the public for Sheppard's therapy-referral service. The counselor would then locate a staff psychiatrist to consult with the doctor.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1996
The Sheppard Pratt Health System yesterday announced rate cuts averaging 11 percent."We know our patients are satisfied by our high-quality services," said John J. Kent Jr., executive vice president and chief operating officer. "However, in today's highly competitive environment, we need to offer them at a lower charge. This reduction is essential to retaining market share in an increasingly price-sensitive market."The charge per inpatient day at Sheppard Pratt's Towson psychiatric hospital will drop from $640 to $550 (14 percent)
HEALTH
Andrea K. Walker | August 9, 2012
Celebrity psychologist Dr. Drew Pinsky recently admitted on CNN to exercising obsessively to stay slim, a condition not technically a mental disorder, but what some call exercise bulimia. He joked about his condition saying: “a little whiff of a mental health issue never hurt anybody.” Doctors at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore  found the comment disturbing. They say that calling exercise bulimia a “mild” mental health disorder sends the wrong message to the public.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | June 14, 2012
Sheppard Pratt Health System Inc., Maryland's largest provider of mental health and special education services, is forming an affiliation with Alliance Inc. in what would essentially be a merger in the business world. Towson-based Sheppard Pratt and Alliance in Dundalk will continue to operate as separate entities and maintain their own boards under the deal. But both will fall under the umbrella of the parent Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation Inc. Alliance provides community housing, psychiatric rehabilitation, case management and vocational training and support services to veterans and people with mental and developmental disabilities.
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