Local Couple Supports Mental Health Care, Donates Gift to Wishard-Eskenazi Health

Contact: Michelle O’Keefe
Phone: 317.630.6863
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Indianapolis, September 12, 2013 -- Support and momentum from the community continues to grow as Wishard-Eskenazi Health moves toward completion of the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus in December 2013. With less than three months remaining before the new health campus opens for the community, the Eskenazi Health Foundation announces that Indianapolis-area couple Kathi and Bob Postlethwait have contributed one of the largest individual gifts ever to the Eskenazi Health Campaign.

The Postlethwaits’ significant contribution reflects their support for Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, the first and largest community mental health center in Indiana.
       
“Kathi and Bob were motivated to support Eskenazi Health because of the health system’s role in providing mental health care,” said Ernest Vargo II, president and chief executive officer of the Eskenazi Health Foundation. “They were also driven to support mental health care because of their interest in raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with seeking mental health care. We are grateful for their extraordinary gift and for their leadership in making mental health a philanthropic priority.”
      
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County will recognize this remarkable gift through the naming of the Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center, like all areas of the new Eskenazi Health campus, benefits from the philanthropic support of the community. The gift from the Postlethwaits increases the amount raised for Eskenazi Health to more than $75 million.

“Kathi and I are pleased to make this gift in support of Eskenazi Health and their longstanding commitment to providing mental health care as part of a comprehensive and integrated health delivery system,” said Bob Postlethwait. “We are delighted to be part of the Eskenazi Health family.”

“This level of giving for mental health is rare in our community and for mental health centers across the country,” said Margie Payne, chief executive officer of Eskenazi Health Midtown and vice president of mental health operations for Wishard-Eskenazi Health. “One in five people in the United States lives with a mental illness, and yet, fear and lack of knowledge cause negative attitudes about this fundamental component of overall health and wellness. The Postlethwaits are wonderful people whose support shines a bright light on the value of mental health and the importance of seeking treatment. This is truly a transformative gift.”

Eskenazi Health Midtown is licensed by the State of Indiana as a community mental health center and addictions services provider. Eskenazi Health Midtown’s primary mission is to serve people with serious mental illness and chronic addiction, as well as seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families. Eskenazi Health Midtown welcomes all ages, from children to seniors. Eskenazi Health Midtown’s treatment philosophy is known as the innovative recovery model, emphasizing the strengths and resources each person brings to the challenge of resuming a fully productive life.