The Phoenix

Main Line Health opens new inpatient psychiatri­c unit

New space doubles the size and services offered

- By Donna Rovins drovins@pottsmerc.com

Main Line Health has expanded its inpatient psychiatri­c unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital. The health system said it is making the investment in its behavioral health services to bring “greater access, options and innovative treatments” for those dealing with mental health issues.

The newly expanded 40bed, 44,000-square-foot unit at 130 South Bryn Mawr Ave. in Lower Merion, opened its doors on March 2 and is part of a $35 million investment. It provides a continuum of care for adults ages 18 and older that are struggling with psychiatri­c conditions including mood disorders, substance abuse, addiction, and other behavioral issues.

“We are delivering on our promise to our families, friends and neighbors that they will be seen when they walk through our doors,” Jack Lynch, president and CEO of Main Line Health, said in a statement. “The investment we’re making in behavioral health is significan­t

and underscore­s our belief that health care is human care.”

One in four residents in the Greater Philadelph­ia Region is now living with a mental illness according to the health system — a behavioral health crisis exacerbate­d by the coronaviru­s. In addition, as inpatient psychiatri­c units across the region have closed or consolidat­ed, there has been an increase in behavioral health-related visits in Main Line Health’s Emergency Department­s and other emergency department­s in the region.

“The newly expanded inpatient psychiatri­c unit is designed, in part, to help reduce the pressure on emergency department­s, offer greater access and options to patients and their families grappling with the disease,”

a press release about the new unit stated.

The two-floor psychiatri­c unit includes 40 private rooms, spaces for individual and group therapies including art therapy, music therapy, co-occurring treatment and dialectica­l behavioral therapy, medication management, and special light rooms to help with depression, according to the release. In addition, evidence-based, compliment­ary wellness programs like exercise, yoga, meditation, reiki and other integrativ­e therapies have been added to the care.

In terms of space, the rooms have noise-canceling floors and ceilings, ambient music, circadian lighting and 24-hour supervisio­n to address sensory input issues and other behavioral health factors.

“We’re focused on creating

an ecosystem comprised of the highest quality psychiatri­sts, nurses, social workers, counselors, addiction specialist­s and more, with the intent of offering treatment for every segment of the population across all levels of care,” John Schwarz, president of Bryn Mawr Hospital, said in a statement. “We envision Main Line Health as a premier destinatio­n for all levels of emotional, psychiatri­c and behavioral wellbeing for every member of the community we serve.”

For more informatio­n, visit mainlinehe­alth.org/ inpatientp­sych.

 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? The waiting area in the inpatient psychiatri­c unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital, opened this month by Main Line Health.
SUBMITTED PHOTO The waiting area in the inpatient psychiatri­c unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital, opened this month by Main Line Health.
 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? This photo shows the lobby area in the newly expanded inpatient psychiatri­c unit at Bryn Mawr Hop\spital in Lower Merion.
SUBMITTED PHOTO This photo shows the lobby area in the newly expanded inpatient psychiatri­c unit at Bryn Mawr Hop\spital in Lower Merion.
 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? This photo shows a patient room in the new inpatient psychiatri­c unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
SUBMITTED PHOTO This photo shows a patient room in the new inpatient psychiatri­c unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

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