Main Line Health opens new inpatient psychiatric unit
New space doubles the size and services offered
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.