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The town of Davidson, NC, is a small town full of big ideas. At the heart of the town is Davidson University. But surrounding the university are the globally aware and socially conscious population that make up this wonderful town. Most small towns might pause, hesitate at the thought of a new behavioral health hospital in their community. Not Davidson. This small town embraced Carolinas HealthCare System and assisted the physicians and leaders in weaving a behavioral health culture into the daily fabric of the town.
The support from the Town of Davidson has been unwavering from the start of the plans to build a brand new hospital dedicated to treating patients with behavioral health needs. When others remained hesitant and even fearful of having such a hospital in their community, Davidson stepped up and welcomed the opportunity. The Mayor of Davidson, John Woods, says the relationship between the town and the hospital has improved and strengthened over the past year.
“We value the wonderful healthcare being delivered every day, “said Mayor Woods. “Our community has embraced the hospital presence in Davidson, greatly respecting the valuable work accomplished there. Our experience confirms that mental health must not be feared due to misunderstanding or lack of knowledge.”
There are several examples of the collaboration between the town and the hospital.
Without the acceptance by the Town of Davidson and its citizens, it would be not be feasible to make such dramatic improvements towards reducing the stigma that exists about behavioral health. By working together on a variety of events and projects and nurturing those relationships, the Town of Davidson and Carolinas HealthCare System have created a community of caring people who believe that mental health is an important health matter affecting all people and is an issue that should be discussed and understood.