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After more than three years of discussion, preparation and planning, Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Davidson is officially open for business. Monday, April 7, marked the first day that patients were admitted to the hospital. The prior weekend, the community was invited to an open house celebration where they could tour the facility and learn about what services will be offered to patients.
Visitors also learned how the hospital will operate, including the unique staffing model (psychiatric hospitalists are to work seven days on a single unit and then transfer patient care responsibilities to a teammate psychiatrist who will serve as the attending physician for the next seven days.)
This schedule will be mirrored by the psychotherapists assigned to each unit which will be further complimented by the 12-hour shift schedules for nurses and technicians.
Over 600 people were in attendance for the big event on Saturday, April 5. There were wellness exhibits, local community arts performances, food trucks, children’s activities, pet therapy dogs and horses and a large crowd of public supporters for expanded behavioral health services.
The event featured several influential and informative speeches from Carolinas HealthCare System administrators, Behavioral Health-Davidson hospital directors and a national leader in mental health services, Kathryn Power, regional administrator, Region One for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
See her speech here.
Several media outlets covered the opening of the hospital and were given the opportunity to get photographs, video and interviews with behavioral health leaders from Carolinas HealthCare System, including Martha Whitecotton, Senior Vice President of behavioral health, Tom Gettelman, PhD, vice president and facility executive, and Alicia Romeo, MD, medical director of Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Davidson.
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A lot of mental health professionals say that a crisis has been brewing in this country. Fifty years ago, there were 500,000 in-patient beds available for the mentally ill. Today, that number is down to 40,000. Access to care has also declined considerably right here. But on Monday, that will change. That's when Carolinas HealthCare System will open a facility in Davidson.
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After more than three years of planning and construction, Carolinas HealthCare System’s $36 million Behavioral Health-Davidson campus opens to patients on Monday, April 7, filling a need for new short-term inpatient mental health treatment in the region.