ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Anne Fridh, PsyD., has been named Administrator of the Rosecrance Ware Center, a role to which she brings more than two decades of experience and leadership in behavioral healthcare.
In her new position, she will oversee adult mental health operations, including triage emergency services and the crisis residential program, soon to be combined in the creation of the Crisis Stabilization Center in downtown Rockford.
In addition, she will oversee the move of adult outpatient mental health services from the current location at the Ware Center on West State Street in downtown Rockford to a new location on North Main Street. Rosecrance is renovating a long-vacant former grocery store in the 2700 block of North Main Street in order to relocate the Ware Center to that site. The move will allow for program improvements, and the space is being designed to meet the needs of clients and staff. A complete overhaul of the site includes major aesthetic improvements to the building and grounds.
“This is a time of great opportunity for Rosecrance to further improve the continuum of care in our community,” Fridh said. “I am honored and excited to represent Rosecrance in this new capacity.”
Fridh earned her B.S. in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University and her M.S. in Child and Family Services from Northern Illinois University. She obtained a Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.
Fridh gained extensive clinical and leadership experience at various social service agencies in the region, including at the former Janet Wattles Center, which merged into Rosecrance three years ago. She also has been in private practice and has served as program director at a large residential facility in Texas serving teens with behavior disorders.
Dave Gomel, Rosecrance Chief Operating Officer, said Fridh takes the job at an exciting time of growth and change for the Ware Center.
“We have a lot of great opportunities ahead of us, and we have the chance to make an indelible mark in our community, region and state as a leader in community mental health/behavioral health services,” Gomel said.