Pipeline: Spero Health and Landmark Open New Clinics; Caravel’s Latest Facility

Spero Health opens new addiction treatment clinic

Spero Health is welcoming patients to its newest treatment clinic for substance use disorder (SUD), which has opened in Columbus, Ohio.

The clinic is located east of I-270 in the Georgian Heights neighborhood and offers a combination of in-person and telehealth services. Ohio Medicaid and most commercial insurances are accepted.

Hannah Hays, who is the associate medical director for the Central Ohio Poison Center, is the lead physician at Spero Health’s Columbus clinic.


“Spero Health is changing the landscape of addiction treatment by providing high-quality, innovative care close to home for patients suffering from substance use disorders,” Hays said in a press release. “We know that this past year hasn’t been easy, and that many in our local community are struggling right now. Spero Health’s goal is to engage patients where they are in their journey and personalize the program to meet their specific needs so they can stabilize allowing for interventions to support sustained recovery efforts.”

Spero Health operates over 60 clinics across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The provider said that the new Columbus clinic is a response to the SUD epidemic nationwide, as well as in Franklin County, of which Columbus is the county seat.

During the height of the pandemic, Franklin County registered a 75% increase in deaths due to SUD-related overdoses.


“Our communities need local resources and it’s our job to ensure individuals have quick access to lifesaving addiction treatment services, now more than ever, it’s simply a matter of life and death,” Spero Health CEO Steve Priest said in a press release regarding the new Columbus clinic.

Headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, Spero Health is a privately held company of the Heritage Group, Health Velocity Capital, South Central, Inc. and Frist Cressey Ventures.

Landmark Recovery welcomes patients to new clinic

Landmark Recovery has opened a new addiction treatment clinic for Medicaid recipients in a suburb east of Cleveland.

Located in Euclid, Ohio, Landmark Recovery of Cleveland offers inpatient and outpatient addiction recovery services, drug and alcohol detox programs, as well as individual and group-based therapies. Residence halls are available for men and women, holding 30 beds each. The facility will officially begin treating patients in November and is Landmark’s first Ohio clinic.

The facility is operated by Landmark’s Praxis brand, which provides assistance to Medicaid recipients in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The provider also accepts private insurance and self-pay patients at its Landmark brand facilities across 11 states, including Indiana and Kentucky.

Landmark is a holding company under Simsbury Associates.

Caravel Autism Health expands footprint

Caravel Autism Health is expanding its presence in Washington state with the opening of a new center in Spokane.

The clinic, which is located in north Spokane, is Caravel’s second in the city and provides applied behavior therapy analysis (ABA) to youth ages 2 and up. ABA is widely considered a gold standard of autism care.

“We are growing our presence in communities like Spokanebecause we believe that families deserve access to the best possible care,” Caravel CEO Mike Miller said in a press release. “When we build a center, we bring resources into communities and provide expertise. We are committed to delivering care that will yield the best possible outcomes for children with autism.”

The new Spokane clinic is led by Suzanne Robinson.

“Our team has been providing in-home therapy for young people with autism for many years,” Robinson said in the press release. “With this new center in Spokane, we’re now able to provide diagnostic evaluation services as well as center-based ABA programs. ABA therapy can be life-changing, especially when we can start in the early developmental years, so we’re thrilled to be offering this new option for families.”

Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Caravel operates over 40 locations throughout Washington state, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The provider is owned by Frazier Healthcare Partners.

New Jersey mental health organization gets new name

Toms River, New Jersey-based Ocean Mental Health Services has undergone a rebrand.

The provider — which operates 10 locations between New York and Philadelphia in Ocean County — has changed its name to Bright Harbor Healthcare.

Founded in 1959, Bright Harbor provides integrated healthcare programs for Jersey Shore area residents that include addiction and detox services, along with health, wellness and primary care services.

More than 425 professionals are currently employed at Bright Harbor, which accepts Medicare, Medicaid and various commercial insurances.

Assurance Health opens new facility

Assurance Health System, a Midwestern provider of geriatric psychiatric services, has opened a new facility outside of Toledo, Ohio.

Located in Sylvania, Ohio, Assurance Health Toledo holds 23 beds and was created to meet the acute psychiatric needs of seniors in southern Michigan and northern Ohio, according to the company.

“There is a limited about of geriatric psych facilities here in Lucas County, and geriatric is a very special population of individuals and we feel that if you mix them with the adult psych, they’re more vulnerable,” Teresa Crump, the director of nursing and CEO at Assurance Health, told television station WNWO.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Assurance Health owns six free-standing geriatric psychiatric hospitals and manages two others across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kansas.

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