Signature Health-Connections/ ORCA House Linkage

Signature Health, Connections and ORCA House are pleased to announce the completion of all discussions and execution of all documents pertaining to the permanent linkage of the three organizations.

This linkage will occur in two phases.  In the first phase, effective January 1, 2017, Signature Health will become the parent organization of both Connections and ORCA House.  Jonathan Lee, the President and CEO of Signature Health will assume the same roles for both Connections and ORCA House.  Later in the year, the three organizations will merge into one single entity.

Connections and ORCA House have been operating as a partnership since January 1, 2015, with a common management and common board.

Founded by Jonathan Lee in 1993, Signature Health was originally inspired by personal experience and recognition of the needs specific to people affected by broad range of mental illness classifications including substance abuse. Starting with a small office in Euclid Ohio, Signature Health has expanded with locations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties.  Child, adolescent and adult services have expanded to include behavioral health, primary medical care, lab services, opiate treatment and pharmacy.  Signature Health employees over 350 medical, clinical, nursing, case managers and administrative staff.

“With Esther Pla, the President and CEO, of Connections retiring and Signature Health looking to expand the timing could not have been better,” said Jonathan Lee.  “I have always had the utmost respect for Ester and the wonderful work she has accomplished over the years so when she reached out to me about linking the agencies it made a great deal of sense”.   

Connections having two locations in Cuyahoga County and Signature Health with locations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties will result in the delivery of excellent outpatient services from Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border.

The combined agencies offer outpatient programs that provide a range of psychiatric, counseling, case management, addiction treatment, integrated medicine along with lab and pharmacy services.  As the linkage process continues, more services will be added.

With the merging of the offices there will be a combined staff of over 500.

For more information contact Paul Brickman, Director of Marketing…440.953.9999

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