WellSpan Philhaven’s Mt. Gretna campus will be opening an expanded inpatient unit to patients July 22.
5,000 square feet and 15 beds were added to the extended acute unit, which provides for patients with complex mental health needs staying for periods of time up to six months.
The expansion also includes fixtures, furnishings, an activities room, and a combination of private and semi-private rooms. Patients will have freedom to visit the hospital building’s main cafeteria and take walks while in the unit.
“WellSpan Philhaven is committed to helping meet the needs of patients in our region,” said Phil Hess, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Philhaven, in a release. “This state-of-the-art extended acute unit allows us to provide expert care to patients who have the most challenging behavioral health needs.”
This project is expected to create about 25 jobs at Philhaven.
According to senior director of inpatient services for WellSpan Philhaven Mantha Kotsalos, the unit was expanded to help meet Central Pennsylvania’s growing need for behavioral health care.
This unit’s expansion is part of a $3.4 million Mt. Gretna campus construction project that first began in January of this year. Also included in this project is a new 9,300-square-foot administrative building scheduled to open late 2019 and new offices and conference rooms in the main hospital building.