Colleen Merrill, CTRS, Recreation Therapist for Davis Medical Center’s (DMC) inpatient geriatric behavioral health program received national recognition as the Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC) 2019 Inpatient Division Employee of the Year. Pictured from Left are PMC Regional Director Jessica Couch, BSN, RN-BC; Merrill; Missy Kilgore, Laurel Place Program Director; and, Davis Health System CEO Vance Jackson, FACHE.

Laurel Place therapist named 2019 Employee of the Year

ELKINS, W.Va. – Laurel Place is pleased to announce that Colleen Merrill, CTRS, Recreation Therapist for Davis Medical Center’s (DMC) inpatient geriatric behavioral health program has received national recognition as the 2019 Inpatient Division Employee of the Year.

Laurel Place is managed by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC) who partners with nearly 150 facilities nationwide to provide behavioral healthcare management services. The company’s inpatient division launched in 2015, 12 years after the company was founded. PMC currently manages units in four states and the division continues to grow.

Top performing employees within the inpatient division are recognized annually based on their excellence in demonstrating the company’s values of care, compliance, and community. Merrill demonstrated outstanding patient care, excellent comprehension and execution of compliance regulations, and strong community engagement.

“You never see Colleen without a smile,” said Jessica Couch, BSN, RN-BC, and Regional Director for Psychiatric Medical Care. “She brings so much to the program, and the patients love spending time with her. Colleen is one of the most caring and skilled therapists with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work.”

Merrill said, “This was both a wonderful surprise and great honor.”

Merrill accepted the award during the Laurel Place one-year anniversary celebration on February 5. PMC representatives, co-workers and her husband, Evan, participated in the surprise recognition.

The Davis Medical Center Laurel Place Unit, provides life-changing round-the-clock care for seniors 55 and over struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses. Patients meet daily with their caring, multidisciplinary team of registered nurses, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists, and case managers.

For more information, call the Davis Medical Center Laurel Place Unit at 304.630.3058.

About Laurel Place

Laurel Place is designed to treat and improve the lives of people ages 55 and older who are suffering from depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, social withdrawal, interpersonal conflicts and a wide range of other psychiatric conditions.

It is located within Davis Medical Center in Elkins, WV, and accepts referrals from families, assisted living centers, emergency departments, and nursing homes. The Laurel Place team includes experienced and board-certified psychiatrists, therapists, nurses and therapeutic support staff. For more information, call 304.630.3508 or visit the website laurelplace.org.

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