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Renovated behavioral health unit opens at Northwest Hospital

Renovated behavioral health unit opens at Northwest Hospital
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Northwest Hospital is addressing a growing need in the state by expanding its behavioral health unit. The renovation adds 12 new inpatient beds to the program.LifeBridge Health said over 7% of the emergency department patients present for behavioral health treatment.On Monday, Northwest Hospital celebrated the opening of its newly renovated and expanded behavioral health unit with a ribbon cutting. The expansion brings its total capacity from 37 to 49 inpatient beds for adults 18 and over.”The number of people that we see through our emergency rooms, we have an opportunity at that point to change the course of their lives and if we can offer our services and bring the individuals across the system in their time of crisis, then we truly have a chance to change their lives and the generations ahead of them,” said Dr. Drew A. Pate, chief of psychiatry, at LifeBridge Health.” “There just seems to be patients since the pandemic having additional issues that are much more severe. Historically, many could be treated on an outpatient basis, so we are finding a greater demand for inpatient care,” said Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health. This secure unit is located on the fourth floor of the hospital. During the last fiscal year, 1,182 patients were admitted to Northwest Hospital for behavioral health care and those patients spent a total of 8,773 days in the hospital.”Behavioral health transcends throughout our community and it’s so important that the people who need the help are able to get it,” Baltimore County Councilman Jones, D-District 4 said. The unit has a number of safety features, including shatterproof glass, barricade-proof patient rooms, a day room and group room equipped with noise and sound-controlled spaces. The bathrooms and patient rooms are designed to prevent self-harm. The new unit is scheduled to open to patients on Oct. 24.

Northwest Hospital is addressing a growing need in the state by expanding its behavioral health unit. The renovation adds 12 new inpatient beds to the program.

LifeBridge Health said over 7% of the emergency department patients present for behavioral health treatment.

On Monday, Northwest Hospital celebrated the opening of its newly renovated and expanded behavioral health unit with a ribbon cutting. The expansion brings its total capacity from 37 to 49 inpatient beds for adults 18 and over.

“The number of people that we see through our emergency rooms, we have an opportunity at that point to change the course of their lives and if we can offer our services and bring the individuals across the system in their time of crisis, then we truly have a chance to change their lives and the generations ahead of them,” said Dr. Drew A. Pate, chief of psychiatry, at LifeBridge Health.

“There just seems to be patients since the pandemic having additional issues that are much more severe. Historically, many could be treated on an outpatient basis, so we are finding a greater demand for inpatient care,” said Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health.

This secure unit is located on the fourth floor of the hospital. During the last fiscal year, 1,182 patients were admitted to Northwest Hospital for behavioral health care and those patients spent a total of 8,773 days in the hospital.

“Behavioral health transcends throughout our community and it’s so important that the people who need the help are able to get it,” Baltimore County Councilman Jones, D-District 4 said.

The unit has a number of safety features, including shatterproof glass, barricade-proof patient rooms, a day room and group room equipped with noise and sound-controlled spaces. The bathrooms and patient rooms are designed to prevent self-harm.

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The new unit is scheduled to open to patients on Oct. 24.

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