The longtime medical director of a regional center offering acute behavioral health and residential programs for youth will soon become its owner and plans to expand services to new populations. 

Dr. Vahid Osman has reached an agreement with Reid Health to assume responsibility for the Care Pavilion, 450 Erie Ave. in Connersville. Osman has worked there for more than 11 years.

Reid Health began operating the center in July 2019 after acquiring a substantial portion of the assets of Fayette Regional Health System, which had filed for bankruptcy protection.

“The Care Pavilion has been an integral part of the community, providing a safe and secure environment for patients to receive treatment,” Osman said in a news release. “I’m very excited to continue our excellent work in the years to come.”

Discussions about the ownership change have been ongoing for some time, the release noted.

Osman plans to expand services to people with intellectual disabilities as well as people with autism spectrum disorder.

“It’s important to me for the Care Pavilion to remain in the hands of someone who will continue to provide superior services to the community,” he said.

Under Reid’s ownership, staff earned accreditation from CARF International for the first time after a rigorous peer review process that included an examination of some 2,000 industry standards as well as interviews with residents, staff, providers, stakeholders and leadership. Reid has also made facility improvements while catching up on deferred maintenance. 

“We’re very proud of the hard work and dedication of the Care Pavilion staff,” said Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid’s vice president/chief nursing officer. “Their high-quality care has made a significant impact on the lives of those we’ve had the opportunity to serve.”

Reid will provide care throughout the transition period, which is anticipated to be completed by this fall. Care Pavilion’s nearly 60 employees can stay with the new organization or transfer to other positions within Reid.

Referrals and operations are to continue similarly during the transition.

“It gives us great comfort Dr. Osman will be the one to lead operations at the Care Pavilion going forward,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid’s president. “We’re confident he’ll continue the high level of care that Reid has provided our youth over the past few years.”

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A version of this article appeared in the June 28 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.