St. Mary’s Hospital starts expansion of Behavioral Health unit

Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 1:31 PM CDT
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A wall breaking at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital took place on Monday morning.

Lisa Adams, spokesperson for SSM Health, said it marks the next steps in their Restoring Strength & Hope project. The project will move and update the Behavioral Health unit, make the unit more comfortable, safer and more functional for patients and caregivers.

St. Mary’s Hospital has provided psychiatric care for more than 60 years. It currently has the largest adult inpatient behavioral health unit in Dane County.

Adams said the Restoring Strength & Hope project will allow the hospital to provide a better and more comfortable environment for patients and their families.

Right now the unit can accommodate up to 20 patients in mostly semi-private rooms. The new project will expand the unit to include up to 24 rooms. The redesign will offer staff greater options for addressing the needs of patients. The update will also help provide patients and staff a better environment that will be safe, comfortable and more functional for behavioral health care.

The entire project is estimated to cost $4.2 million. SSM Health St. Mary’s Foundation – Madison raised $1.7 million for the project through the Restoring Strength & Hope campaign.