In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Edgewater Systems hosted over 200 community leaders, mental health and social service providers, and community residents at its 9th Annual Ambassadors for Edgewater, Mental Health Awareness Luncheon on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Attendees included Gary, IN Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; Calumet Township Trustee, Kimberly Robinson; Lake County Prosecutor, Bernard A. Carter; and Councilwoman Linda Barnes-Cladwell and other civic and community leaders.

The main speaker for the afternoon was Dr. Lonise Bias an internationally known motivational speaker, trainer, certified youth and family life coach and consultant.  Dr. Bias was introduced by Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, President and CEO of Edgewater, who began her introduction by stating, “Mental illness is no different from any other physical illness.”

Dr. Bias gripped the audience with her uplifting, motivating, and engaging presentation.  Dr. Bias reflected on the loss of her two sons, Len and Jay Bias.  Len Bias died due to cocaine intoxication two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics on June 19, 1986 and Jay Bias was murdered in a drive by shooting at a local mall in 1990.  Dr. Bias kept the audience riveted as she described how she turned “Lemons into Lemonade” as she struggled with depression after the death of her sons.

Dr. Bias addressed the mental health providers in the audience and cautioned them, “You can’t own the situation that people are in. … Take care of yourself. Think better thoughts because thoughts control emotions.”

In addition to Dr. Bias’ presentation, the event featured a unique opportunity to interact with some of Northwest Indiana’s most impactful organization who work on a daily basis to meet the needs of our mental health community. Some of the organizations includes: Center of Workforce Innovations, Edgewater Systems, Geminus Prevention Services, Mental Health of America of Lake County, Total Spectrum Care, TradeWinds, Veterans Affairs, and others.  Providers had an opportunity to share with guests the mission of their organizations and the role they play in meeting the needs of our mental health community.

The Ambassadors for Edgewater presented Edgewater Systems with a generous donation of $5,000 to assist the organization in continuing to meet the needs of the many individuals that rely on their services.

Edgewater Systems luncheon was sponsored by The Times Media Co. and Haywood and Fleming Associates.


April 17, 2017

Edgewater Systems Employee Appreciation Award Presentation hosted by Edgewater Systems’ Customer Service Committee recognized a combined 140 years of employee anniversaries. The event was designed to be inclusive to all faculty and staff and provide a celebratory forum for employees to socialize, connect with peers, and receive a plethora of information ….and that they did! More importantly to congratulate our peers for their outstanding years of service. We recognize that our achievements and longevity are due to the dedication and hardworking, driven Edgewater family.

Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes congratulated staff for their many years of dedicated service.  “ We could not have done all the great work we do without the dedication to service of individuals like Ms. Betty Gray who has been here for forty years, as Edgewater has been here for forty-two. ” Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes.

“We are grateful for the knowledge that all of our longstanding team members share with new hires, they are all pillars of positivity for all who they come in contact with”, said Ms. Arlene Pearson, Chief Human Resource Officer.

(LR) 35yrs-Bonita Williams, (20yrs)-Yolanda Henderson, (20yrs) Veronica Orange, (5yrs) Spiro Mehas,(30yrs) Nurse Sandra Bryant Bryant,(40yrs) Betty Gray, (10 yrs.) – Tara Robertson, Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, (20yrs) Yvonne Williams,  (35yrs)- Judy James, (5yrs)Jeanyne Davis, (5yrs) Amika Harris, ( 20yrs) Demetria Macon, (20 yrs) Diane Randolph.













Absent from the picture (30 yrs.) Y Gene Thompson-Rogers, (20 yrs.) Tracy Bullock-Wash and (20 yrs.) Jacquis Sistrunk


Hon. Toni Preckwinkle addresses Mental Health in her presentation on Monday February 13, 2017 at the Gary Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. The event was sponsored by Edgewater. This video also features Edgewater’s President and CEO, Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes commenting on Edgewater’s role in providing Mental Health crisis services to Northwest Indiana. Video from Prekwinkle Gary Chamber Visit ]]>

Leaders from nine Northwest Indiana health care institutions gathered at Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest – Gary (IUSM-NW-G) on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to sign a formal letter of intent leading to the creation of the Northwest Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium (NWI GME). The signatures represent a promise from leading health care providers


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Ambassadors for Edgewater raise funds at Speakeasy Gala

On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Ambassadors for Edgewater hosted its annual Speakeasy Gala. The event was held at the Sand Creek Country Club, Chesterton, Ind. For over fourteen years the Ambassadors have hosted an annual gala to help raise much needed funds that go a long way to:

  • Provide the financial support to assist Edgewater to continue providing services to persons in our community experiencing behavioral health challenges, including those who need help but have no way to pay.
  • Assist Edgewater in its marketing and outreach efforts that are aimed at removing the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction.

Over 200 guests played their hands on the gaming tables and bided on wonderful silent auction items. Guests also tried their hands at winning prizes that included iPhones, tables, TV, and much more.


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