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Independence Center Hires New Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


(ST. LOUIS – May 28, 2019) Independence Center, a St. Louis psychosocial rehabilitation center for people with serious and persistent mental illness, recently hired Kacey Patterson as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.


Patterson has been a registered nurse for seven years, and has been working at IC Health Group (formerly Midwest Psychiatry) while in the process of getting certified to provide psychiatric care services. Patterson will see patients with a wide range of mental health diagnoses and help them manage their illnesses.


“I’ve always been inspired by Independence Center’s mission to provide care to a portion of the population that often gets overlooked,” said Patterson. “I’ve been working in the mental health field for over a decade and it’s a very rewarding job because you can see the difference you’re making in someone’s life.”


Independence Center’s Health Group sees more than 700 people each year in need of acute psychiatric care. Their team of five doctors and three nurse practitioners has been working on expanding and improving its clinical services to help support their new and existing members.


“As you can tell by the numbers, this is an area where there is a tremendous need,” said Independence Center Executive Director Mark Bethell. “Kacey understands our mission at Independence Center and the fact that many of our members already know and feel comfortable around her is an added benefit.”


Patterson completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri St. Louis and her master’s degree at Maryville University. Patterson is also passionate about rescuing dogs and has helped save dozens of pit bulls in St. Louis over the last seven years. She and her husband, Jake, live with their dogs in St. Louis city.


Independence Center is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses in the St. Louis area, built on the Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation. Its mission is to provide all the services and resources a person with a serious and persistent mental illness needs to manage their symptoms, find belonging and purpose and gain the independence to live a healthy, quality life.

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