LewisGale Hospital Pulaski’s 16-bed Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit called Transitions Behavioral Health, just completed its first year serving area residents experiencing mental health and addiction issues.
Since opening last August 2019, a team of physicians, nurses, and mental health professionals – including social workers, recreational therapists, and dietitians – have provided a wide range of treatments that have benefitted more than 600 area residents.
“Prior to opening our facility last year, we had experienced a growing need for mental health services where patients in distress could get the effective treatment that they needed in an inclusive psychiatric center. We have seen the need for these services further escalate since the pandemic earlier this year,” said Sean Pressman, chief executive officer of LewisGale Hospital Pulaski. “I’m proud that we’ve been able to offer these valuable services to those within our region who have needed mental health treatment. It has enabled many of our patients to remain close to home with the ability to receive additional support from family and friends,” explained Pressman.
The 8,000-square-foot unit features individual therapy space, physician, nursing and staff offices, a dining area, as well as group and courtyard activity space. Transitions Behavioral Health is separate from the existing hospital with its own entry access adjacent to the main hospital entrance.