'Burke' Mental Health Services refreshing image with health care changes

'Burke' Mental Health Services refreshing image with health care changes
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A mental health care facility in Lufkin is changing its name after 20 years. They says it's part of an effort to step into the 21st century.

Leadership at Burke tells the East Texas News re-branding is essential as the health care industry continues to change

It's been "The Burke Center" for the past two decades and now it will simply be called "Burke."

CEO Susan Rushing said the re-branding includes a new logo.

"20 years ,we changed our name from Deep East Texas MHMR to Burke Center and this time 20 years later, we're shortening to Burke," Rushing said.

And the timing is good since Burke staff and patients are settling into their new facility on West Frank in Lufkin.

"The services we provide have become more and more associated with health care and the medical aspects of care, so we felt like it was important for us to be in the healthcare neighborhood," Rushing said.

Rushing said it's all part of keeping up with the evolution of the health care industry.

"We used to be an organization that had a waiting list and we were limited in the care that we could provide, but because of changes in funding we're now able to serve more people, provide different services," Rushing said.

Burke Mental Health Services is also focusing on being an all-inclusive health care provider for their patients.

"In this new building we have a primary care clinic, so we're able to provide more and different treatment and care and serve more people," Rushing said. "We have same-day appointment capacity now because of our expanded capacity in this building. We're doing what's happening across the country. I say put the head back on the body, but we try to treat the whole person and deal with all the needs when someone comes into our care."

Burke partnered with the Angelina County and Cities Health District to provide the primary care clinic in their new facility. Burke's leadership is excited about adding this resource because studies show that people with mental illness that address both their mental and physical health can live a higher quality of life.

Burke officials said they have sold their property on the Loop between Chili's and Cheddars. The building is in the process of being demolished

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