CHI - Mercy Hospital Valley City

Fall 2015

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I truly believe we're a product of our past. I had a desire to learn about mine, and in learning, I found I had a talent to help people improve their lives. DEBBIE ANDERSON, MS, LPC, NCC, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SERVICES AT CHI MERCY HEALTH Imagine Better Health INSIGHTS MERCY Fall 2015 Debbie Anderson's greatest joy comes from helping others. "I grew up in foster care and had a very challenging past," says Debbie Anderson, MS, LPC, NCC, Director of Social and Behavioral Services at CHI Mercy Health. "My background has given me a unique ability to help people overcome the same things I've gone through." A valuable resource to Valley City, Debbie serves as a social worker, assisting people with nding the various resources they need, and as a counselor, helping people cope with grief, depression, or thoughts of suicide. "Behavioral health services are among our biggest needs, but local resources are limited," Debbie says. "It may take six weeks for someone to see a medical professional. They can talk to me right now—I'll make the time to defuse a crisis." Debbie moved to Valley City 18 years ago with her husband, a Valley City native, and has worked at CHI Mercy Health for more than 10 years. She rst came to the hospital with Wellness in the Valley, a suicide prevention and intervention program she still runs. When she's not working, Debbie enjoys spending time with her ve children and four grandchildren and is active in her church. But no matter where she is, she nds a sense of fulllment. "I love what I do, and I do what I love," Debbie says. "That's my motto. The most rewarding part of my job is serving my community." DRAWN TO SERVICE: DEBBIE ANDERSON

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