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About Heartland

Sunspire Health Network

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Mission Statement

We offer the highest quality clinical care, utilizing evidence-based clinical interventions supported by Medication Assisted Treatment. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that is devised by our Board Certified physicians, and master's-level addiction and mental health clinicians. Individual, group and family counseling sessions are complemented by self-help supportive groups. Our core programming seeks to provide patients with the opportunity to work on themselves and their family unit, learning new ways to cope with their past. We pride ourselves on meeting our patients where they are at.

Heartland Staff

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Tom Delegatto, MA, CADC - Executive Director

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. Tom also served as the Director of Business Development for Linden Oaks Hospital and was a key contributor to the hospital's growth as a regional provider of behavioral health services. He also worked with Hazelden Foundation as the Associate Clinical Director for Adolescent Services in Chicago. With his breadth of experience as a leading healthcare executive in Illinois, he looks forward to overseeing the daily operations and programs of Sunspire Health Heartland.

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Michael Pisco, MA, LMFT, MATS - Clinical Director

Michael Pisco is excited to bring his extensive knowledge in the areas of Clinical Psychology and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to Sunspire Health Heartland as the Clinical Director. With more than a decade working in the field of behavioral health, Michael is experienced with evidence-based treatments and with utilizing detox medications and protocols for opioid, alcohol and benzodiazepine dependence. He has an individualized treatment approach that focuses on the needs and goals of each individual over the course of treatment. While studying at Manhattan College, Michael held a clinical internship with New York Presbyterian Hospital working with acute schizophrenic and bipolar patients. During this time, he also conducted original research on adolescent drunk driving and was a Victim Impact Panelist Speaker for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Michael holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is currently a Clinical Fellow for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, (AAMFT).

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Carolyn Truelove, MA, LCPC - Primary Therapist

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.

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Nichole "Nikki" Schultz, MHS, CADC, MAC - Director of Admissions

Nichole Schultz is the Director of Admissions at Sunspire Health Heartland where she is responsible for coordinating with multiple departments to ensure new patients are warmly welcomed to the facility and receive the best possible care during their stay. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in health sciences with a concentration in addiction studies. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), and working to obtain her Master's Addiction Counselor (MAC) Certificate. Prior to joining the Sunspire Health family, she worked as a substance abuse counselor in many different settings, from privately owned facilities to juvenile correctional facilities. She is passionate about helping individuals affected by addiction.

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Virginia McCormick, MA - Case Manager & Discharge Planner

Virginia McCormick is the case manager and discharge planner at Sunspire Health Heartland, responsible for overseeing the care and progress of patients throughout their treatment while developing individualized post-treatment plans. She received a master's degree in professional counseling from Olivet University in Bourbonnais, IL and has a background in behavioral health with experience working with individuals in crisis in the mental health field. Prior to joining Sunspire Health Heartland she worked as an addiction therapist and facilitated groups in IOP environments. She is eager to bring her experience to Sunspire Health Heartland as the case manager to help patients progress during treatment and continue to lead lives in recovery.

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Brittany Cotter - Milieu Manager

Brittany Cotter is the Milieu Manager at Sunspire Health Heartland in charge of motivating the patients throughout treatment, assisting in crisis management and behavioral problems and overseeing the safety of patients throughout treatment. Britney received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and immediately began working with people affected by substance use disorders. For almost 4 years she has worked with patients with substance use disorders and has developed a love for working with patients as they grow and recover their lives before her eyes.

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Britney Martin - Administrative Assistant

Britney Martin is the administrative assistant for Sunspire Health Heartland. She has over 12 years of experience in the medical field, most recently as the clinical coordinator for an orthopedic hand surgeon, which entailed organizing surgical and clinical schedules, medical coding and managing all clinical aspects of the office. Additionally, Britney holds an EMT certification, a medical lab assistant certification and has over 10 years of experience as a phlebotomist. She has enthusiasm for problem solving and patient advocacy.

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Melisa Loy, RN - Registered Nurse

Melisa Loy is a nurse at Sunspire Health Heartland and is dedicated to providing the best care and support to her patients. Prior to joining the Sunspire Health Heartland family, she was the Director of Nursing for seven years at an outpatient community mental health center. She graduated from the Kankakee Community College Registered Nurse Program and is currently working towards her bachelor's degree in psychology from Governor's State University. Melisa works diligently with the patients in support of their recovery.

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Toni Weiss, RN - Registered Nurse

Toni Weiss is a nurse at Sunspire Heartland. She works with the medical and behavioral teams to assure that the patients at Heartland receive the best support possible to facilitate their journeys to recovery. Toni has previously worked in Public and Community Health and most recently with Individuals having developmental, physical and psychiatric challenges. She is passionate about educating patients and providing them with knowledge they can use to become and remain healthy in recovery.

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