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Building for the Future

April 20, 2014 Print

With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day clinical work and treatment taking place, few patients and visitors pay close attention to the details that Andrew Healy, director of McLean Hospital’s Facilities Department, toiled over for months while a hospital program was being constructed. Ensuring that every detail is attended to in order to make McLean programs comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and state of the art keeps Healy and his team awake at night.

Andrew Healy
Andrew Healy, director, McLean Hospital Facilities Department

“From the moment we are asked to renovate a building or an area for clinical, research or educational use, our number one priority is always to create the best environment possible for McLean patients, their families and the hospital staff,” said Healy, a native of Sligo, Ireland, who has overseen more than 75 major construction projects at McLean during his 40-year tenure. “While I don’t treat patients, conduct research or educate trainees, the work of the Facilities team plays a major role in helping the hospital achieve its mission. That is something I am very proud of.”

Healy’s latest project—renovating space on the campus of Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge—allowed McLean to relocate its child and adolescent outpatient program. Made possible by an anonymous donation, the relocation has allowed the hospital to expand its 3East dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program to provide outpatient care for adolescents and college-age patient populations, in addition to DBT training for clinicians. Sancta Maria is also home to a new program for children with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders.

“As McLean responds to the urgent needs of youth and families in distress, we create new programs and then adapt and expand them,” said Joseph Gold, MD, McLean’s chief medical officer and chief of the Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. “The renovated space at Sancta Maria has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to grow our outpatient services profile and to provide care in new and exciting ways.”