Treatment Center Setting
Sunspire Health Heartland Philosophy
Sunspire Health Heartland is a private treatment facility for adult men and women suffering from substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Located south of Chicago, on 33 acres of beautiful lakefront property, the facility boasts an environment ideal for those seeking a break to receive treatment. Our full continuum of care offers patients who come to Sunspire Health Heartland the opportunity to gain the skills, tools and support needed to live a life in long-term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Highly Qualified Staff
Our team is comprised of expert clinical and medical staff, including Board Certified and master's-level licensed mental health professionals and certified addiction specialists who provide individualized therapeutic programs for each patient. Patients are treated by some of the leading experts in the addiction treatment field in the state of Illinois.
Ideal Setting for Recovery
Given the secluded, tranquil setting in the countryside of Illinois, Sunspire Health Heartland is the ideal environment to reconnect with oneself while escaping the chaos that addiction can cause in life. The environment will offer patients the opportunity to clear their minds and begin again with a clean slate.
Full Spectrum of Personalized Care
With personalized, one-on-one support, we help each patient explore the issues and triggers that led to their addiction and find solutions to overcome them. Our program includes individual, group, and family counseling sessions, helping patients find greater strength in themselves, their peers, and their relationships.
At every Sunspire Health facility patients will receive treatment that is individualized to their unique needs and diverse lifestyles. Ongoing assessments allow the treatment to adapt and evolve as the patient progresses.
During residential treatment patients live onsite in housing with access to care from clinical staff 24/7. Patients have a full schedule of individual and group therapies according to their unique treatment plan, preparing them for life in recovery.
Throughout treatment, patients will work with a Discharge Planner and the clinical team to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan that will ensure a successful transition from residential treatment to a life in recovery. All patients who receive care at Sunspire Health will join our nationwide alumni network, giving them access to a support group after treatment.
Sunspire Health utilizes evidence-based treatment methods, meaning that the treatment modalities and therapies are based on clinical evidence and proven success in guiding patients to heal and recover. Patients who would benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will receive medications that are proven to aid patients in achieving sobriety.
CRAFT teaches family and friends effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and for feeling better themselves. CRAFT works to affect the loved one’s behavior by changing the way the family interacts with him or her.
In addition to individual and group therapies that are based in psychotherapy methods like CBT and DBT, patients will learn to apply new coping skills through experiential therapies like meditative hikes, yoga, fitness programs, nutrition education, and recreation activities that show patients how to find hope and how to prosper in recovery.
Meet the Staff
Tom Delegatto, MA, CADC
Tom Delegatto serves as the Executive Director at Sunspire Health Heartland. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has over twenty-five years of experience in the addiction treatment field. Before coming to Sunspire Health, Tom worked as the Corporate Director of Business Development for the Gateway Foundation, as the Chief Operating Officer for Hartgrove Hospital in Chicago, and as the Director of Business Development and Managed Care Contracting for Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, where he played a significant role in increasing admissions, successfully negotiating for increased rates and adding new hospital services. With his breadth of experience as a leading healthcare executive in Illinois, he oversees the daily operations, development, and programs of Sunspire Health Heartland.
Danesh Alam, MD
Dr. Alam is a licensed physician and surgeon in the State of Illinois. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a fellowship in psychopharmacology at the same institution. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is additionally certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Alam is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Carolyn Truelove, MA, LCPC
Carolyn Truelove has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has a background working in the fields of mental health, addiction, domestic violence, families of at-risk youth and corrections. Carolyn is passionate about inspiring and guiding patients to overcome personal obstacles, so they can aspire to be their personal best and move toward fulfilling and satisfying lives in recovery.
Director of Operations
Chuck Bohlmann is a senior healthcare executive who brings over two decades of experience to his role as Director of Operations at Sunspire Health Heartland. At Heartland, Chuck oversees the daily operations to ensure the safety and well-being of patients and staff. Prior to joining Sunspire Health, Chuck served as CEO of Iroquois Memorial Hospital and before that as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Information Officer at the Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville, OH. Throughout his career in leadership roles in healthcare, he has a proven record with strategic planning, service development, professional recruitment and retention of medical staff, value-based management, public relations, and team building. Chuck's goal at Sunspire Health Heartland is to encourage teamwork in order to provide the best clinical care to patients and their families.
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ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH HEARTLAND
Sunspire Health offers a network of addiction and behavioral health treatment facilities throughout the United States. Set on 32 acres of lakefront property about 90 miles south of Chicago in Gilman, Ill., Sunspire Health Heartland is a private rehab center for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. This facility offers evidence-based, medication assisted treatment (MAT) through residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), and intensive outpatient (IOP) programming. On-site detox services are provided by ASAM-certified physicians.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon completion of a thorough evaluation, each client is assigned a primary therapist who helps to develop a personalized treatment plan. Heartland prides itself on maintaining an intimate staff-to-client ratio in tandem with a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that incorporates traditional, holistic, and evidence-based therapies such as Seeking Safety, a model of treatment designed to simultaneously address clients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.
Residential treatment consists of individual and group counseling that focuses on grief, anger management, and relapse prevention. While the facility offers unique treatment plans, all clients receive at least two psychotherapy sessions per week and participate in various educational sessions. The length of residential treatment is based on each client's needs.
In addition to one-on-one and group counseling, a typical day may include psychoeducational groups, skill building, and psychopharmacological sessions. Clients are supported by medication-assisted treatment as well as evidence-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing.
Heartland encourages all clients to take full advantage of the facility’s fitness programming, massage therapy, meditation and mindfulness, and yoga. And whether loved ones live nearby or not, family therapy sessions are available to all; those unable to attend can still be present via conference calls or video-conferencing. If interested, clients also have access to religious and spiritual services and support.
Program graduates have access to various alumni services including continued care, education, and networking opportunities. The facility employs a coordinator who can be contacted for more information on alumni activities and events.
Led by board-certified physicians, Heartland’s interdisciplinary treatment team consists of licensed, master’s level addiction specialists and mental health care professionals as well as family therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 32-acre campus is designed to facilitate a relaxed, comfortable recovery. Clients can cozy up on one of several couches in the facility’s communal lounge, or enjoy the quiet and stillness of the surrounding country scenery. Bedrooms are shared and clients eat their meals in an open dining room with large windows facing the waterfront.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, the five alumni polled by Rehabs.com shared details of their polarized recovery experiences. On the positive end, three alumni expressed appreciation for the professional and compassionate nursing staff, the intimate staff-to client ratio, and the comfortable country grounds. “It was the first place I'd been to that treated me like a person. I was able to see a therapist a few times a week and the fact that there were only 20 other patients there made my stay very comfortable. I learned a lot about myself and finally developed some structure and routine in my life,” former client D.M. wrote.
Disappointed alumni reported impersonal treatment by staff, unsatisfactory meals and nutrition, and occasional understaffing.
Costs start at under $30,000 per month. Heartland accepts most health insurance plans, such as Aetna, Cigna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Financing options are available through medical loans, credit card payments, and American Healthcare Lending (for those eligible).
Updated February 2017
Published on February 2017
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