Fortwood Center expands mental health care under new ownership

photo The Fortwood Center Administration building.

The Fortwood Center, Tennessee's oldest mental health clinic, today will mark its first full year under new ownership, touting expanded services and a new executive director as the facility prepares to embark on its 66th year in Chattanooga.

Gayle Lodato, new senior director of Hamilton County Services for the Fortwood Center, says the merger of Knoxville-based Helen Ross McNabb center and the Chattanooga-based Fortwood Center has brought increased psychiatric resources to Chattanooga, including more qualified mental health professionals and expanded services.

In addition to exploring new services, the group is seeking to grow its credibility by hiring better physicians and psychiatrists, Lodato said.

"We