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CHC Names Clinical Services Division in Honor of Catherine T. Harvey
On August 2, 2022 friends, family and staff came together at the CHC Palo Alto courtyard for an intimate gathering to celebrate the naming of the Catherine T. Harvey Center for Clinical Services. Although CHC has long been a provider of comprehensive and integrated evaluation and therapy services for children, teens and young adults, the flagship division of CHC has never before had a formal name… until now.
CHC’s former CEO, Dr. Rosalie Whitlock spoke at the event about her long-standing friendship with Harvey, and how she and others at CHC felt the need for a proper naming for the Clinical Services at CHC. “Other CHC divisions —Esther B. Clark School, Sand Hill School, Schwab Learning Center—have strong, iconic names that signify expertise, community and commitment, and we wanted the same for Clinical Services.”
“As a board member since 2015, Catherine has been a pillar of strength, leadership and guidance. It was a natural naming opportunity, and we are so honored that she agreed.” —Rosalie Whitlock, CEO Emeritus
Whitlock went on to say that “As a board member since 2015, Catherine has been a pillar of strength, leadership and guidance. Catherine in so many ways has helped transform CHC’s clinical services, and she has done it because of her brain and her strategic vision and her kindness. It was a natural naming opportunity, and we are so honored that she agreed.”
Dr. Ramsey Khasho, Chief Clinical Officer and head of the Catherine T. Harvey Center for Clinical Services summarized perfectly how proud CHC is to announce the naming of this division, “Catherine embodies everything that CHC’s Clinical Services division represents. Her service to CHC as a deeply committed Board member, strategic advisor and philanthropist has been transformative for our agency.”
A longtime board member at CHC and advocate for learning differences and mental health, Harvey’s passion for this work goes back to her childhood. Dyslexia runs in the family and Catherine herself is dyslexic, as are many of her family members and her sons. Harvey’s father was a psychiatrist and taught all the children at a young age that mental health was just as important as physical health. She shared: “It wasn’t an after-thought, it was a priority.”
“At that moment I knew I wanted to make a difference in mental health. I decided I would raise awareness about learning differences, mental health, and the fact that our family had [experienced] and survived the devastation of suicide.”
—Catherine T. Harvey
Catherine also knew firsthand how learning differences could lead to mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. And it became even more personal when a close friend died by suicide.
“I didn’t see it. I didn’t have a clue the pain that she was in. At that moment I knew I wanted to make a difference in mental health. I decided I would raise awareness about learning differences, mental health, and the fact that our family had [experienced] and survived the devastation of suicide. I wanted families to know they weren’t alone. I wanted kids to know this is just a moment in time, and this time will pass. CHC’s mission perfectly aligned with what I wanted to put my energy into.”
Harvey’s brother Stephen Turner, husband Kevin Harvey and two sons Tyler and Grant were among the speakers at the event, paying tribute to Catherine for her heroic mission to remove stigma and increase awareness about learning differences and mental health.
Her son Tyler shared: “I cannot think of a better person and a person of better character to honor tonight. Not just for her hard work and efforts, but to finally vocalize everyone’s deep admiration for her.” He went on to say that his mother’s good character has led to her success helping others: “Good character means that she is challenging and considerate, ambitious and idealistic, a leader, and a team player, caring and deeply generous.”
Harvey’s son Grant directed his emotional remarks to his mom, saying: “You deserve this. You deserve to be celebrated. You are an incredible role model to our community, but selfishly, I’m just so proud to call you my mom.”
It was a touching event, as other friends, colleagues and family members shared their heartfelt admiration and deep appreciation for Harvey. Julie T. Hooper, CHC Board Chair closed out the event with a warm toast, “Catherine is a champion. She's been able to do something amazing for CHC and for Clinical Services and strengthen its future. I think it's just fitting that her name will last and will endure here at CHC because what she's done will help CHC provide an enduring and lasting impact in our community to so many people who need it.”