Up Close & Personal – Beverly Wilborn


About Valley Behavioral Health

There are many children, adolescents, adults and elderly that suffer from a primary mental health diagnosis or an immediate crises situation. Valley Behavioral Health specializes in a full continuum of care; age-specific treatment options; and proven outcome treatment of the individual. With a treatment team consisting of a psychiatrist, APN, RN, licensed therapist, social workers, teachers and behavioral health techs, we provide individualized treatment plans and services to ensure the success of treatment for each patient. Located on fifty-seven picturesque acres, this 114-bed inpatient hospital provides a serene environment to assist in the individual’s healing process. Valley Behavioral Health is the only inpatient facility in this area. We also offer outpatient services, a therapeutic day treatment program, an intensive outpatient program, a partial hospitalization program and school-based therapy. In addition, twenty-four hour FREE assessments are available.


Favorite food as a child?  Bacon. Still is as an adult. I can’t cook it so my husband cooks it for me.

Where’s your favorite place on earth?  Home. The only place I can kick my shoes off, totally relax, and bask in the warmth of my family.

What’s your idea of the perfect Fourth of July?  Fireworks & family.

Do you remember the first presidential election you voted in?The Gerald Ford/Jimmy Carter race.

What’s your favorite place in Fort Smith?  The walking trail at Riverfront Park. Love reading all the information on the Trail of Tears, and just the history of the place itself.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  Power Point. I would love to be able to show Valley on the spot to our community on my iPad via Power Point. And Spanish! It’s a strong second language in Fort Smith.

What’s the first thing you bought with your first paycheck?  Six pairs of shoes! I was fourteen years old and working at the McGill Center, doing office work.

Last book you read?  Basic Black by Cathie Black.

Farthest you’ve been away from home? Mt. Vernon, New York. I lived there for  several years. In fact, I got my start in marketing working for a Fortune 500 insurance company in White Plains.

Strangest place you’ve called the Hogs? New York City, outside of Greenwich Village.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?Multiplicity. That way I can do everything at once or be everywhere at once.

Most sentimental thing you own?   A photo collage made by my father of my family. He gave it to me about eleven years ago after my mother passed.

What did you want to grow up to be when you were a kid? Executive assistant. I really loved a show called Mannix, about a private investigator and his executive assistant Peggy, who was his right hand person and irreplaceable.

What’s something that’s gone out of style that you wish would make a comeback?  1976 gas prices.

What cheers you up?  Conversations with my grandson. He just turned fifteen and is turning into quite a young man. It’s hard to believe he will be attending Northside this school year.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?  Share with friends and family.

What’s your perfect pizza?  Pizza Hut’s Deep Pan Cheeseburger Pizza.

What’s on your playlist right now? “All that I Am” by Joe.

What smell reminds you of home?  Pomegranates. I was introduced to this fruit in elementary school and every fall it’s the first thing I buy.

What’s your favorite season of the year, and why?  Christmas. I love the decorations.

Favorite comfort food?Fresh homegrown cucumbers.

Favorite song from when you were a teen?“I Want You Back” by Jackson 5.

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