The Gateway Rehab Timeline


Under the leadership of Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh, an advisory council is organized to bring about the realization of a much-needed program for the treatment of alcoholism in western Pennsylvania.


On November 16, construction starts on Gateway Farms, Inc., following the acquisition of mortgage funds from the Federal Housing Administration. (The name is later changed to Gateway Rehabilitation Center).


Frank H. Tipton, chairman of the Planning and Building Committee at St. Francis Hospital, is Gateway’s first Board President. Ray Miller, former Director of Therapy at Chit Chat Farms, is named GRC’s Director of Therapy. Sister Germaine B. Walter, OSF, is appointed as the first administrator.


In January, Gateway opens its doors to its first patients.


Jack G. Morber begins an eight-year commitment as President of the Board of Directors, leading GRC to its status as a highly regarded, quality treatment center.


GRC is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH), under the new guidelines for alcoholism treatment centers.


A Family Therapy Unit opens, including a videotaping lab, as a pioneering effort in the treatment of alcoholism as a family illness.


The GRC administration program reorganizes: Kenneth S. Ramsey is named Executive Director. Sharon P. Eakes is promoted to Director of Therapy.


A major fund raising effort is undertaken to improve and strengthen the program. Community Service functions expand to broaden Gateway’s primary service area and its services to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) for businesses, management and unions.


Average daily census continues to increase. GRC initiates a biofeedback/stress management program.


GRC establishes a special program focusing on women. The aftercare/follow-up program expands. Edward C. Quick is elected President of the Board of Directors.


Gateway celebrates its 10th Anniversary at a dinner attended by more than 1,300 persons.

Twerski Fund is initiated, providing low interest loans to patients in need of funding for treatment.


Detoxification/evaluation unit and Alumni Gift Shop open. GRC begins development of its first five-year long-range plan.


A formalized volunteer program is established. GRC conducts feasibility fund raising study for its first major capital campaign.

Jack D. Rice is elected President of the Board of Directors.


Gateway launches its first outpatient program called Gateway Greentree, located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.


Dial-A-Sober-Thought (DAST), Dr. Twerski’s weekly toll-free telephone message service, is launched. People in recovery nationwide overwhelmingly praise its support for maintaining sobriety.

Thomas M. Rutter, Jr. elected GRC Board Chairman.


GRC joins forces with Westmoreland Hospital in a joint venture offering addiction treatment within a hospital setting. Westmoreland Gateway is directed by Wayne Shipley.

1,500 people attend GRC’s 15th Anniversary Dinner highlighted with a special appearance by former First Lady, Betty Ford.

Forbes Magazine names Gateway as one of 12 top rehabilitation centers in the
United States.


GRC receives its largest out-of-state challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. The grant is designated for construction of a new gymnasium and evaluation/detoxification medical unit.

Professionals nationwide select GRC for inclusion in “The 100 Best Treatment Centers for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse,” a published guide to comprehensive treatment.

GRC joins with Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Livengrin
Foundation to form MAATI (Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute), offering quality educational and training programs to treatment professionals and the community at large.


Gateway initiates partnerships with three area hospitals. GRC rededicates its building including a new conference center funded by $5 million raised in Capital Campaign.

Annual GRC mini-conference programs for professionals are introduced.


GRC opens The Tom Rutter House, a 10-bed halfway house for men, named to honor the memory of Tom Rutter, GRC Board Chairman and Pittsburgh attorney.

Dr. Twerski teams with Charles M. Schulz, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole gang in his new book, Waking Up Just in Time, outlining how everyone can use AA’s 12 steps to tap into inner resources and make life more fulfilling.

Robert B. Egan is appointed Board Chairman following the death of Tom Rutter.


Gateway North Hills outpatient treatment center opens.


Gateway Monroeville outpatient treatment center opens.

Gateway opens a treatment unit for youth and young adults, ages 13 – 22, at the Aliquippa campus.

Gateway celebrates its 20th Anniversary and welcomes special guest Suzanne Somers as the featured presenter at a benefit for the Meadowbrook program.

Gateway concludes a successful $2 million capital fund raising campaign initiated in 1990.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) awards Gateway a three-year “accreditation with commendation”.


Gateway opens its Allegheny Valley and Peters Twp. outpatient treatment centers, bringing the total number of community-based centers, which serve residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties, to seven.

The Tom Rutter House relocates to a larger facility on the campus in Center Twp. and expands to 20 beds.


Gateway launches a community service talk/call-in radio show on WTAE, titled, “Issues in Addiction” hosted by Founder and Medical Director Dr. Abraham J. Twerski.


Gateway opens an outpatient treatment unit for youth and young adults, ages 13 - 22 at the Allegheny Valley, South, and Westmoreland locations.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) awards Gateway a three-year “accreditation with commendation”.


Gateway initiates a research study to determine treatment outcomes for patients involved in intensive outpatient programs.

Gateway and Allegheny General Hospital enter into a joint venture to offer both chemical dependency and mental health treatment services at Gateway North Hills in Cranberry Twp.


Gateway merges with Vision Comprehensive Prevention Services of Washington County. Gateway Vision offers prevention and training services for schools and communities.

Gateway opens a Beaver Falls outpatient treatment center.

Moffett House, a 10-bed halfway house for men, opens on the Center Twp. campus.

Gateway celebrates 25 years of providing high quality drug and alcohol treatment to adults, youth and families.


Gateway opens an outpatient facility in Ambridge, bringing the organization’s total outpatient centers to nine.

The Gateway system now provides services to more than 4,600 individuals.


Gateway affiliates with Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers of Youngstown, OH, the oldest, private, freestanding chemical dependency program in the country. The Gateway system now provides services to more than 5,000 individuals at 30 locations throughout Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.


Gateway opens a 45-day inpatient Youth Extended Services treatment program at its Aliquippa location.

Tom Rutter House celebrates 10th Anniversary.

Dr. Abraham J. Twerski celebrates his 70th Birthday.

Gateway Aliquippa’s Corrections Program receives accreditation from the American Correctional Association.


Dr. Abraham J. Twerski receives the “2001 Health Care Hero Award” sponsored by The Pittsburgh Business-Times and Alpern, Rosenthal and Company.

Gateway Rehabilitation Center was chosen as the “Not-For-Profit Business of the Year” through the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce.

Gateway opens outpatient facilities in Greensburg, Johnstown and Harrisburg.

Gateway Erie’s Corrections Program receives accreditation from the American Correctional Association.


Gateway Braddock’s Corrections Program receives accreditation from the American Correctional Association.

Gateway’s 30th Anniversary of restoring lives and communities is honored with a special celebration titled, “Eleven Thousand Days of Hope”.


The Moffett Halfway House for men is moved from the Aliquippa campus to a new, 25-bed facility in Beaver Falls, PA.

To accommodate increased requests for detox, the detox unit is expanded from 12 to 14 beds.

Three outpatient programs (Allegheny Valley, Beaver Falls and South) are successfully relocated to better serve patients and their family members.

Annual Hope Has a Home Gala raises nearly $100,000 in proceeds to benefit youth treatment programs.

More than 9,000 individuals are treated throughout the Gateway system.


A new outpatient center opens in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh in April.

Nearly 9,000 adults and youths receive treatment at Gateway.

A research department is established under the direction of Cara Renzelli, Ph.D.

Youth programs benefit from proceeds of more that $100,000 realized through the annual Hope Has a Home Gala.


Gateway President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kenneth Ramsey receives the“2005 Health Care Hero Award” presented by the Pittsburgh Business-Times.

Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, Gateway Rehab founder and medical director, receives the inaugural Hope Award from Gateway, which becomes known as the Twerski Hope Award.

Gateway Rehab announces a $6 million capital campaign to expand treatment capacity for youth with the creation of a Youth Treatment Center at the Center Twp. facility.


The Richard King Mellon Foundation grants $750,000 toward the youth services campaign, which is the largest grant received in Gateway’s history.

Gateway Rehab receives a grant of $10,000 from the Sarah Kristin Owen Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. This represents the first grant disbursed from the fund and is earmarked for operating support.


The Gateway Corrections Division establishes transitional living programs at the Eleanor Roosevelt Apartments and Sheffield Towers in Aliquippa, PA.

Gateway opens Liberty Station, a halfway house located in Bridgeville, PA, for males ages 13-21 who are in recovery for alcohol and/or drug addiction.


Gateway Erie earns a perfect score from the American Correctional Association.

Gateway is recognized on a national level with the James W. West, M.D. Quality Improvement Award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers for demonstrating a discipline and commitment to quality improvement.

Gateway expands its Detoxification and Intermediate Rehabilitation Units – allowing for treatment of 200 additional people each year.

Sherry Winiarski, Gateway Executive Vice President of Finance, is recognized by the Pittsburgh Business-Times as a top five finalist for “CFO of the Year” in the not-for-profit category.

Beaver County is one of only 12 counties nationwide to receive a grant for $2 million over five years, from the federal government’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to refer individuals who are chronically homeless and have a substance abuse or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder to treatment and other support services. Gateway Rehab is the primary subcontractor providing these treatment services. The program is called Beaver County – Learning and Understanding the Needs of the Chronically Homeless (BC – LAUNCH).

Gateway’s public relations department earns its first industry honors from the Pittsburgh Chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators and the Hermes Creative and MarCom Awards.

Gateway Braddock earns a perfect score from the American Correctional Association.

Gateway’s Youth Services Center Campaign receives a generous gift from Eden Hall Foundation.

Gateway Rehab receives a grant of $148,000 from The Pittsburgh Foundation to support Liberty Station.


Gateway opens an all female inpatient and work-release community corrections program, housed on the 10th and 11th floors of Sheffield Towers in Aliquippa, PA.

Dr. Neil Capretto, Gateway Medical Director, is named “Not-for Profit Communicator of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations
Society of America (PRSA).

Dr. Kenneth S. Ramsey, Gateway Rehab President and CEO, received the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work’s 2009 “Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in Social Work Practice.”

Gateway Harmony House in Rochester, PA is established under the Corrections Division to provide “bridge” or transitional housing to substance abusers, mental health, or co-occurring disordered individuals and their children.

Gateway Rehab concludes and exceeds the $6 million capital campaign to expand treatment capacity for youth with the creation of a Youth Treatment Center at the Center Twp. facility.


Gateway Rehab Center’s Youth Extended Services (YES) program celebrates its 10th Anniversary in February.

Tom Rutter House – 25-bed halfway house for men, celebrates its 20th Anniversary in July.

Gateway Rehab Center expands its Detoxification Unit to a capacity of 28 beds, relocating to the first floor of the Center Twp. location.

Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Youth Building with a virtual tour of the Youth Building is held on December 3 for foundations, donors and friends of Gateway Rehab.

Dr. Abraham J. Twerski’s 80th birthday is celebrated at the 2010 Hope Has a Home Gala. Dr. Kenneth S. Ramsey presents Dr. Twerski a plaque with the renaming of the main campus to Abe’s Place.


Ground breaking takes place on September 26 for the new Youth Building at Gateway’s main campus in Center Twp. with a 42 bed capacity.

Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers celebrates 65 years of dedication and its continued commitment to serving the Mahoning Valley.


Gateway Rehab Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary in providing treatment for adults, youth and young adults and families with alcohol and other drug-related dependencies.

Dr. Abraham J. Twerski receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from Caron Treatment Center in June, 2012.

A new, leading-edge Youth Services Center opens to patients in August.

Gateway Rehab Center’s Training and Research Institute is officially named at the 2013 Hope Has a Home Gala – Kenneth S. Ramsey, Ph.D. Research and Training Institute.