The Hord Coplan Macht-designed, new and expanded behavioral health unit has opened at Northwest Hospital. The unit will serve adult patients who need to be hospitalized for conditions such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. In some cases, physicians might admit their patients to the unit because patients need monitoring after psychiatric medication changes.
The design of the unit took patient safety and well-being considerations into account. To prevent patients from harming themselves, doors, lighting and bathroom fixtures have safety mechanisms; artwork is mounted within the walls; power outlets are safety-proofed; and electronic beds have enclosed wiring. The new unit is very aesthetically pleasing and has two communal rooms equipped with large, flat-screen televisions. Patients are encouraged to join in the unit’s support groups, arts and crafts sessions, and social events held in these rooms.
To read more about the unit, click here.