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The recent completion of a 31-bed addition to McLean’s Admissions Building has significantly increased capacity and will help the hospital better meet the needs of patients and their families. The new wing provides expanded space for the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, the Short Term Unit, and office accommodations for clinical and associated research and support staff. The new wing began accepting patients in mid-February.
“This is a very exciting time for McLean Hospital, as we continue to grow our programs in order to serve more people who are affected by mental illness and their families,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief for McLean, during a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. “With the opening of this new wing of the Admissions Building, we are significantly improving access to mental health care by being able to provide services to an additional 1,000 patients and their families each year.”
Michele L. Gougeon, MSS, MSc, McLean’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the three-story addition comprises 14 new beds dedicated to treating psychotic illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder on the second floor, and 17 beds in the Short Term Unit (STU), a program for individuals with acute psychiatric symptoms, on the first floor. In addition, the Admissions Building expansion also created office and conference space on the third floor. Each of the patient units has been designed to meet the needs of the specific patient populations being served.
“The new wing will help the hospital admit and treat more patients with the additional capacity, and also allow us to take patients more quickly who otherwise might have to wait for long periods of time in an emergency room,” said Gougeon.
The addition is part of the capital project approved through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Determination of Need process. The addition is part of a multifaceted construction project that started with the relocation of the Electroconvulsive Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Services from the ground floor of the Admissions Building to a renovated space in the de Marneffe Building. The next steps will be to finish the work on the ground floor, for additional clinical services.
“The DMH licensing staff came out last week for an inspection and they were very pleased with the space and had no recommendations for changes. We greatly appreciate the hard work of Andy Healy, the director of McLean’s Facilities Department, and Coleman Joyce, who monitored the construction to ensure that the design specifications that we provided were reflected in the final product,” said Gougeon.
“We also want to thank the staff in the psychotic disorder program and the STU for their patience and cooperation, as they had to live next door to the noise and disruption of the building project while it was under construction.”