Main Line Health opens new inpatient psychiatric unit


LOWER MERION – Main Line Health has expanded its inpatient psychiatric unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital. The health system said it is investing in its behavioral health services to provide “greater access, options and innovative treatments” for people struggling with mental health issues.

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

“We are keeping 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 are making in behavioral health is significant and underscores our belief that health care is human care.”

One in four residents of the Greater Philadelphia area now lives with a mental illness according to the health system — a behavioral health crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus. Additionally, as inpatient psychiatric units in the area have closed or consolidated, there has been an increase in behavioral health-related visits to Main Line Health emergency departments and other hospital departments. area emergency.

“The new inpatient psychiatric unit is designed, in part, to help reduce pressure on emergency departments, provide better access and options for patients and their families struggling with the disease,” said a press release on the new unit.

This photo shows a patient room in the new inpatient psychiatric unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital. (Photo submitted)

The two-story psychiatric unit features 40 private rooms, spaces for individual and group therapies, including art therapy, music therapy, concurrent treatments and dialectical behavior therapy, medication management and treatment rooms. lighting to help with depression, according to the release. Additionally, free, evidence-based wellness programs like exercise, yoga, meditation, reiki, and other integrative therapies have been added to the treatments.

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

“We are focused on creating an ecosystem of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, counselors, addiction specialists and more, with the intention of offering treatment to every segment of the population. at all levels of care,” John Schwarz, president of Bryn Mawr Hospital, said in a statement. “We envision Main Line Health as a destination of choice for all levels of emotional, psychiatric and behavioral well-being for every member of the community we serve.”

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