Malinda Chapman stands with a plaque in honor of her mother, Dr. Ginger Weeks, at the St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center out-patient clinic in Ticonderoga. The Ti clinic has been renovated and expanded.
Dr. Ginger Weeks loved the people at the St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center out-patient clinic in Ticonderoga. And, they loved her.
“Ginger had a real passion for people in recovery,” said Jim Grant, St. Joseph’s communications director, “and she had a great fondness for the people of Ticonderoga. Everyone loved Ginger. We were blessed to have her.”
Weeks died in May at age 84. A pediatrician by trade, she served as a physician with St. Joseph’s the past 25 years. That’s why the newly-renovated and expanded Ti clinic was dedicated in her memory recently.
A plague was placed on the outside wall of the Ti clinic, located at 50 Montcalm St., reading: “The Ginger Weeks Building. St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers Ticonderoga Outpatient Clinic. Dedicated to the memory of Ginger’s 25 years of service to St. Joseph’s and to her compassion for all seeking the joys of recovery.”
The Ticonderoga clinic, which serves about 50 clients, has added 2,200 square feet of space. It now has two new group rooms, a staff room and an office.
“We were limited before,” said Bryan Amell, St. Joseph’s deputy director of out-patient services. “This is a further commitment to the Ticonderoga area. We’re proud to provide needed services in a quality and healthy manner.
“This is a busy clinic,” he added. “Dr. Weeks played a major role in the growth of the Ti clinic. She had a strong feeling for people in recovery. I’m so pleased we can re-dedicate this building in memory of Dr. Weeks.”
Grant noted Weeks had a special bond with Ticonderoga because her daughter, Malinda Chapman, and her family live in the community. A Lake Placid resident, Weeks the first to volunteer to work in Ticonderoga, he recalled.
“She really enjoyed working for St. Joseph’s,” Chapman said of her mother. “It was a challenge for her and she loved being part of the treatment team. This was a really important part of her life.
“She had an incredibly big heart; she was a very caring person,” Chapman added. “She was better at caring for others than she was at caring for herself. She was someone to admire.”
Chapman thanked St. Joseph’s for all it did for her mother.
The St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center was founded in 1971 by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. It has a 63-bed in-patient facility in Saranac Lake with outpatient clinics in Malone, Saranac Lake, Elizabethtown, Ticonderoga and on the campus of Mountain Lake Academy.
It has treated more 12,000 people suffering from addiction. It employs more than 140 people.
While recovery from addiction is a lifelong process, a St. Joseph’s study claims that 93 percent of its clients maintain sobriety, avoid recidivism and make significant progress with employment.
The Ticonderoga clinic opened in 1998 in the Pad Factory building. At the same time St. Joseph’s opened a half-way house, known as St. Joe’s Manor, at Moses-Ludington Hospital. In 2005 the clinic moved to it’s present location and St. Joe’s Manor closed.
Today the Ticonderoga clinic is led by Sue Gregory, clinic supervisor, and Kristina Charboneau Wells, clinic director.