Glenn family promoting wellness at Skyland Trail

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on September 11, 2015.

One of Atlanta’s most treasured families will have its name on one of Atlanta’s most treasured institutions.

The Glenn family recently agreed to have the new Wellness Clinic at Skyland Trail be named in honor of the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, one of Atlanta’s more private philanthropies.

The Glenn Family Wellness Clinic, which opened in March, is the first facility in Atlanta to offer integrated medical care for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

The Glenn Family Foundation was a generous and early donor of Skyland Trail’s successful $18 million “Changing Minds Campaign,” giving a $1 million gift. The campaign included both the development of the Wellness Clinic and a specialized campus with programming for young adults between the ages of 18-26. That campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

The foundation was established by Thomas Glenn in honor of his parents.

His daughter, Rand Glenn Hagen, is a trustee on the foundation and also serves on the advisory board of Skyland Trail.

“We believe the clinic is an important asset for the Atlanta community and will offer unique help to an underserved population,” Hagen said in a statement. “The clinic combines medical care with mental health and healthy living counseling. That fusion really resonated with us because we provide grants for improving health through all of those channels.”

In a Skyland Trail January publication, Hagen said she was drawn to Skyland Trail because of her training in psychology. The more she learned about the institution, the more impressed she became.

“I see Skyland Trail treating the ‘whole person,’ rather than just the mental illness,” she said at the time. “Along with doing an exceptional job implementing mental health treatment based on focused, cutting-edge research, Skyland Trail also nurtures clients through horticultural therapy, nutritional counseling and life skills training.”

She added that Skyland Trail is helping remove the stigma of mental illness in Atlanta, which she hopes will lead more people to feel comfortable about seeking help before issues become “severe, chronic, even life-threatening conditions.”

In addition to being a key contributor to the “Changing Minds Campaign,” the Glenn Family Foundation has channeled more than $75 million into higher education, K-12 schools, medical research, healthy food access, green space, public parks and other community needs.

The lobby of the clinic is being dedicated to Changing Minds capital campaign co-chair Richard Parker and his family.

“By expanding our wellness program, both in terms of physical space and reach, I firmly believe we will improve the quality of life for many in our community,” Parker said. “In fact, I believe this unique model of integrated care will even save lives for some with the most serious health risks.”

Other key contributors to the “Changing Minds” capital campaign included the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the James M. Cox Foundation and the J.B. Fuqua Foundation.

As an early proponent of and leader in the field of integrated care, Skyland Trail opened an onsite primary care clinic in 2004 to provide integrated medical care for clients participating in the residential and intensive day treatment programs for major depression, bipolar illness, anxiety and schizophrenia.