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Hope for Kids Shapes Organization

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Robert Marsh, CEO had been with Perimeter Healthcare for three years when he was appointed CEO of Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Springfield in February of 2021. His plan was to create an environment that met the goal of the Perimeter mission to provide hope and transform lives. After several updates, renovations and leadership roles changing, Perimeter is set for growth and leading the community toward the betterment of mental health. 

“When parents come in and they’re in crisis and their child needs care, I don’t want to talk about what kind of insurance they have, I want to talk about how best to help their child,” Marsh added.

These positive changes have spread across the culture. “Our staff feel supported in ways they have not in the past. The leadership is unified in our mission to provide hope and transform lives. Everyone is working toward helping stabilize kids that are suffering, and it is a great feeling to come to work knowing we are making a difference,” added Alyssa Ingle, LPC, who is the Director of Business Development and has been with Perimeter since May of 2019. 


“I think our culture generally sets us apart, and not just the employee culture. Our kid-centered approach is not just a slogan,” explained Robert Marsh. 

One of the first questions posed to prospective employees is, “Why do you want to work here?” If the prospective employee is not passionate about helping kids, then they are not likely to move forward in the interview process. Marsh noted, “There are a lot of qualified people out there, but our culture is solely centered on doing what is best for our patients and getting paid well is just a bonus.” 

Recently, Perimeter has renovated and remodeled several areas throughout the building. Namely, the new recreation gymnasium which features a state-of-the-art sensory wall, library, sensory lighting, air hockey table, gaming area and more. Crystal Hanson, Recreational Therapy Manager added, “The benefits of our gym are endless and will help to promote mental and physical wellness.” Along with these renovations, Perimeter will also be opening the Rod Laughlin Community Room in November 2021, christened after the owner of the corporation for the purpose of holding meetings for community partners and nonprofits that need a meeting space. Continuing education and support groups will also be provided in this room.  

Erin Duvall, Senior APRN, said, “Healthcare providers take an oath to help those in crisis and our team embodies that oath. I love being a part of this team!” In collaboration with Mercy, Perimeter has also added a new medical director this year. Dr. Kyle John has been the leading child and adolescent psychiatrist in the area for many years. “We are grateful to have such a strong medical team taking care of our patients,” added Duvall. 


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