Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Enhances Lifeworks Northwest Operations
Healthcare Provider Serves Children, Families, and Adults with Mental Health and Addiction ChallengesFounded in 2002 through the merger of several smaller nonprofits, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare providers in Oregon, with 75+ facilities and over 350 units of affordable housing in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion and Lane counties. Its mission is to provide healing, homes, and hope for people living with mental health challenges, addiction, and homelessness. The organization has 900 employees that serve more than 15,000 children, families, and adults every year. In addition to housing, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare provides community and clinic-based mental health and addiction, wellness, homelessness, and medical services.
“Our employees dedicate themselves to our clients. We help them with some of life’s most difficult issues, so we take tremendous pride in all of our clients’ successes – small and large!” said Brandon Gatke, CIO and Director of Operations, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.
Geographically Dispersed IT Network Difficult to Troubleshoot and ManageCascadia Behavioral Healthcare operates in many different counties and out of many different locations that range in size from large facilities to residential homes. Through a number of consolidations and acquisitions, the healthcare provider came to have network services from a mix of providers, which made it difficult for all the facilities to work together. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare could not cost-effectively or efficiently add capacity to its network with its multiple providers, which inhibited the organization’s plans for growth. “We need to plan for the future of our organization and technology plays a major role in that. Without a single technology provider that can meet our data and Internet needs and help us build our network, we can’t advance the healthcare field and find better solutions for our clients,” said Gatke.