ALTON — WellSpring Resources and Centerstone announced Thursday that the merger of these two Southern Illinois behavioral health care organizations is final.
The organizations announced an intent to merge in May and initiated the merger implementation in July. The merger positions Centerstone of Illinois as one of the top five largest nonprofit behavioral health care organizations in the state. The new organization has 700 employees, serves 16,500 clients, and has an operating budget of $36.5 million.
“I’m delighted to welcome our new colleagues to Centerstone,” said John G. Markley, CEO of Centerstone of Illinois. “Although we’ve been working together officially since July, today marks the beginning of our public presence as Centerstone in our Alton and Jerseyville offices and the communities we serve in Madison, Greene, Jersey and Calhoun counties. By combining our areas of expertise and sharing best practices and resources, we are better positioned to enhance our services and expand the ways we care for our clients each day.”
“Joining Centerstone is exciting for our organization, our employees, our clients and our communities,” said Jennifer Craig, chief operating officer of Centerstone of Illinois. “We have compatible cultures, complementary services and similar approaches to care. As one organization, we look forward to offering an even higher level of expertise and quality to the services we provide.”
Centerstone is one of the largest nonprofit providers of behavioral health care in the nation. In operation for 60 years, it has provider organizations in Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee, which offer an array of treatment, support and educational programs and services to more than 142,000 individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders and developmental disabilities.
In announcing the merger’s finalization, Markley also introduced the new board of directors for Centerstone of Illinois. Serving Centerstone as board chair is Sally Sheahan of Alton and Bonnie Brackett of Energy, Ill., as vice chair. Tom Johnson, also of Alton, serves as secretary and Chris Julian-Fralish of Carbondale is immediate past chair.
Additional Centerstone directors include: Susan Doucleff, Patricia Fischer, Rick Lauschke of Alton; Karen McGarvey and Stephani Meyer of Bethalto; Dave Severin of Benton, Ill.; David J. Melby and Jonette Eagles of Creal Springs; Josh McKey of Edwardsville; Claire Cooper of Godfrey; Carol Zwick of Herrin, Ill.; Ronda Dunn of Murphysboro, Ill.; Bill Alexander and Kim Kaytor of West Frankfort, Ill.; and Jacob Lowry of Wood River.