The award is the culmination of a ten-year effort throughout the organization to decrease the use of seclusion and restraint at the Cherokee MHI. The Cherokee MHI is one of only ten facilities nationwide to receive this recognition.
Some comments from the superintendent, Dan Gillette, MD, MHCM, DFAPA, FACHE: "This award reflects the incredible level of dedication of the staff at Cherokee all the way from the bottom to the top. This kind of thing can only be achieved through the deepest sense of teamwork."
"For over a hundred years, Cherokee has been a progressive leader in the field. One of the problems that we have is that no one, including ourselves sometimes, can believe that a program in a small town in Iowa could be one of the best in the country, but this award really makes the point that we are."
"One of the things I've always tried to point out to staff at Cherokee is that this is the sort of place where every employee is so personally invested in doing the right thing that it just feeds on itself and makes all sorts of things come together that weren't even expected."
"It is wonderful to get this recognition, but really, Cherokee does incredible work in so many areas. We have one of the best-maintained facilities of our age in the country. Other facilities are referred to us to learn state of the art treatment planning and to emulate our patient education programming. We've even had two different national accreditation surveyors say this is the best facility they have ever surveyed in all their years in the