New Bracebridge recovery center to open Aug. 1
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— Bracebridge Hall, once a private estate and later a corporate retreat for MBNA executives, is undergoing a $13.7 million renovation to transform it into a substance abuse treatment center, along with a specialized program for executives.
Last week, construction crews were busy inside and out creating bedrooms and treatment rooms within the sprawling 31,000-squarefoot Georgian mansion that sits on 530 acres as the centerpiece of a property that also includes two guest houses, several barn-garage type buildings, a helicopter pad, a conference room with a 34-foot diameter round table and a dock.
“We hope to open Aug. 1 with 39 beds available,” said Dr. Barbara Kistenmacher, CEO of RCA’s operation at Bainbridge Hall.
The mansion sits about two miles off the road with waterfront views of a cove on the Sassafras River.
“RCA at Bracebridge Hall will provide our patients and their families with the dignified treatment so many struggle to obtain while battling substance use disorders,” Kistenmacher said.
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School who has spent the last 30 years away from Cecil County getting her education and job experience, Kistenmacher has now returned to her roots to head up this exclusive treatment facility here.
“The neat thing about this experience for me is that I get to return home and help people,” she said. “It’s really a dream come true.”
She has had 20 years experience working in the field of substance abuse and most recently worked at the Hazelden Betty Ford Center in New York City.
Until Bracebridge Hall opens in August, Kistenmacher spends her days mostly overseeing the project and hiring staff.
“We have a big job fair planned for June 14 at Schaefer’s Banquet Hall in Chesapeake City,” she said.
Those interested should be there between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Kistenmacher said they are looking to hire doctors, nurses, clinical supervisors, drivers, primary and family therapists, housekeeping, maintenance and recovery support specialists.
She estimates the facility will have 70 full-time employees by the end of the year and will generate more than $4 million in salaries
The fire ignited around 10 p.m. Saturday at the home in the 5700 block of Telegraph Road near the Cecil County line. There were no injuries and firefighters from Singerly Fire Company needed just 15 minutes to control the blaze. and benefits.
RCA recently hired Joyce Bilski, a former Ashley Addiction Center employee, as their director of nursing and Dr. Olga Rossello, who has 26 years experience, as the medical director of the facility.
Kistenmacher, who is a clinical psychologist, is looking forward to helping people from the area who are struggling with substance abuse disorders, pointing out that RCA’s model has a strong focus on nursing and therapy.
“There are lots of ways to get well,” she said. “I’m going to bring the best of all evidence-based programs to this facility.”
“The 12-step program is probably the most wellknown, but there are many others, including cognitive therapy, motivational therapy and enhancement therapy,” she said. “We will integrate all of these programs to customize the best approach for each patient.”
“We call it the ‘ one plan,’ but that simply means the one plan that is best for you,” she said.
Some of the larger bedrooms in the mansion are being renovated to accommodate two or three patient beds with privacy walls and bathrooms for each bedroom.
Many of the therapy rooms have large windows overlooking the water and the former library lounge is being converted into a group and family therapy room.
Kistenmacher said the facility will be staffed around the clock daily.
Two former private homes closer to the entrance road are being converted into admissions offices and public, free meeting rooms for outside 12-step groups and other community education classes.
Yoga classes and acupuncture will be offered in the basement of the mansion for patients, and several of the outbuildings are being converted into future fitness, adventure and music therapy areas.
They’ve hired a food vendor to provide high-quality meals for patients to dine inside dining rooms or outside on a patio.
Kistenmacher said later this year the second phase of Bracebridge Hall’s transformation will begin with construction of a threestory addition to accommodate 69 more beds for a total of 108 beds when the project is complete in 2017.
Estimated cost of care at RCA Bracebridge is $1,000 a day, or $30,000 a month.
“Most patients will be able to self-pay or with the help of insurance,” Kistenmacher said. “We will have approximately five beds set aside for charity care or scholarship-funded care.”
RCA officials said that a recent $231.5 million donation has helped them finance the Bracebridge project and other locations they hope to open within the next two years.