SHERRODSVILLE, Ohio (October 3, 2017) – Vertava Health, nationwide leader in alcohol and drug abuse treatment, opened The Bluffs Wednesday with “Fired Up For Recovery”, an event featuring a barbecue, several dynamic speakers, yard games, live entertainment by local artist Dave Clo and a 10 minute fireworks show by local entertainment company American Fireworks. The 79.4-acre property operated as a hotel/conference center and golf course from 1965 to May of 2016 called Atwood Lodge. In its transition, the property has become a clinical environment featuring all levels of innovative addiction treatment therapy.
David Clo performs for crowd at The Bluffs’ “Fired Up For Recovery” (Photo by Vertava Health Creative Director Erin Dineen)
Renovations are complete at the property and the campus is now open and fully operational.
Crowd enjoys food and LIVE music at The Bluffs’ “Fired Up for Recovery” (Photo by Vertava Health Creative Director Erin Dineen)
“With the heroin epidemic that’s taking place right now in the state, this is a perfect location to optimize treatment capability by offering alternative treatments, and bringing more jobs to the area, and boosting the economy of the region,” says Vertava Health CEO Brent Clements. “Hundreds of Ohio residents are succumbing to opioid addiction each month. New options for treatment could not come at a more important time.”
“This is the place where people will start their journey to recovery. This is the place where people will start their new life.” –Vertava Health Director of Corporate Communications Brittany Meadows (Photo by Vertava Health Creative Director Erin Dineen)
The new campus holds up to 150 clients engaged in therapeutic models designed to heal the mind, body and spirit.
(Photo by Vertava Health Creative Director Erin Dineen)
“We believe in implementing a higher level of balance in our clients,” says Clements. “Social, spiritual, and economical. We want them to find success in every aspect of their daily lives. Keeping our clients engaged is the most effective tool we can give them in preventing relapse.”
“We looked at this property and fell in love with it. We left here that day with a hope and a passion to help.” –Vertava Health CEO Brent Clements (Photo by Vertava Health Creative Director Erin Dineen)
The Bluffs campus specializes in implementing a high level of balance in clients: From social and spiritual, to economic factors. Successful outcomes are based on creating a long-term, sustainable recovery.
“I saw the vision. When the first patient walked in the door, a light went off. We were off and running.” –The Bluffs CEO Dr. Richard Foster (Photo by Vertava Health Creative Director Erin Dineen)
“Number one: addiction is a disease and number two: addiction is not a choice. I feel like Vertava Health found this place because of Holly. She brought them here. They’re here to help save our kids.” –Holly’s Song of Hope Founder and Executive Director Tonda DaRe (Photo by Vertava Health Creative Director Erin Dineen)
The central portion of the site boasts a 110,000 square foot two-story lodge building, an approximately 3,750 square foot, two-story chalet building, and associated asphalt paved parking lots/driveways and concrete walkways. The interior of the lodge building consists of a reception area, common areas, offices, luxury accommodations perfect for inpatient detox and treatment, a cafeteria, kitchen, indoor swimming pool, fitness room, group therapy rooms, restrooms, housekeeping and laundry areas and maintenance and storage areas. The interior of the chalet building consists of a lounge area, kitchen, restroom and storage areas.
An outdoor swimming pool, sand volleyball court and shuffleboard courts are situated to the northeast of the lodge building. A portion of Lodge Road SW traverses east to west across the north portion of the site, and a 9-hole par 3 golf course is located in the north and east portions of the site, south of Lodge Road Sw.
Additionally, a maintenance building, storage building and several lean-to buildings are situated in the southeast portion of the site and will continue to be utilized for landscape equipment maintenance and dry storage. The remainder of the site consists of grass-covered and wooded land.
Based on a review of historical information, two small structures, presumably a residential dwelling and associated outbuilding, were located in the north portion of the site (south of Lodge Road SW) from the early 1900s to at least 1958. During that time, the remainder of the site was comprised of wooded and grass-covered land.
Sometime between 1958 and the mid-1960s, the dwelling and outbuilding were demolished. In 1965, the existing lodge building, chalet building, and associated parking lots/driveways were constructed in the central portion of the site and a golf course was established in the north portion of the site, south of Lodge Road SW.
In 1982, the existing maintenance building, lean-to-buildings, storage building, and an associated driveway were constructed in the southeast portion of the site. Since that time, the features located on the site have remained relatively unchanged.
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District sold the site to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners in 2012, which operated the lodge and maintained the property from 2012 to May 2016. Since May 2016, the lodge and associated facilities have not been operational until now.
The property has been the site of many life-changing events throughout its history such as weddings, anniversary celebrations and other milestones. Thankfully, this will continue as hundreds arrive at the site during the darkest time of their life and undergo their transition into living in the hope and healing found in recovery.
The campus brings over 200 jobs to the area, including a full medical staff. Clements hired local contractors Benchmark Construction to conduct the renovations. Two staff members, who have maintained the buildings during the years in which it has been vacant, both Sherrodsville residents, have been retained to continue their work at the campus.
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ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:
Vertava Health provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30-day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our addiction campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. Vertava Health’ admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into one of the Vertava Health treatment centers across the country within a one-hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.
ABOUT BRENT CLEMENTS:
Brent Clements is an accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and healthcare visionary. With over 20 years experience in senior leadership roles for multiple organizations in the healthcare and technology industries, Clements has a clear plan for what is required to build a successful company. Brent’s passion for helping those families in need inspired the founding of Vertava Health. Throughout his professional career Brent has developed expertise in creating strategy for the future, maximizing organizational efficiency, and building relationships with caregivers, employees and community partners who drive change. Ultimately Brent believes “If we change the core belief system, the mindset changes and good behavior follows”. That is what Vertava Health is all about. He was recognized as one of Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2011 and Healthcare Heroes nominee in 2010. Brent is married to his wife, Vicki, and they have two sons.
ABOUT THE BLUFFS:
The Bluffs is a private addiction treatment sanctuary located in the rolling hills of Eastern Ohio. With programs dedicated and tailored to the individual needs of patients, The Bluffs offers a unique blend of evidence-based treatment options, top-quality medical care and comfort. As an Vertava Health facility, The Bluffs is a fully, licensed, Joint Commission accredited campus devoted to helping people heal and break free from the cycle of addiction mentally, physically and spiritually.