Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) opened its new, freestanding 27-bed Appalachian Regional Behavioral Health Hospital (ARBH) on November 15, 2021 in Linville, North Carolina. ARBH is following a tiered opening schedule to reach full capacity by December 27, 2021. The new facility will be able to serve 1,500 adults each year. It provides inpatient hospitalization, assessment, and crisis services.
The tiered opening schedule is as follows: .
- November 15, 2021: the new hospital will open with 10 beds
- November 29, 2021: bed capacity will expand to 15
- December 13, 2021: a total of 20 beds will be available
- December 27, 2021: ARBH will expand to 27-bed capacity, and will begin allowing walk-in appointments, and will admit people under involuntary commitment for observation who are transported by law enforcement for evaluation.
Since 2008, the only source of inpatient behavioral health care for this region was at a 10-bed inpatient unit at Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital (Cannon). Each year, the unit received more than 5,000 psychiatric referrals from across the state, but was only able to admit 11% of referrals. There was no other inpatient behavioral health facility within a 40-mile radius.
To fulfil the mission to provide care while maintaining the consumer’s dignity and autonomy, the hospital is comprised of three separate spaces: Admissions, Treatment Mall and Residence Hall. All consumers go through an admissions process which includes nursing care, medical history, and physical assessments. At the time of admission every consumer will get an individual meal, medication, and therapy treatment schedule. Due to an active treatment plan, consumers sleep and eat in the Residence Hall area but are rarely in their rooms.
The Treatment Mall is where consumers receive their treatment services. The hospital has three primary group rooms with a different focus for each treatment session based on the customized plan the consumer receives upon admission. During the treatment sessions, notes are taken and printed at the end of each session for outpatients to add to their treatment manual, equipping them for success after discharge.
Although the new Behavioral Health Hospital is a part of ARHS, it is separate from Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital (Cannon), which will no longer house an inpatient behavioral health unit. Cannon will continue to operate as a fully accredited Critical Access Hospital, including an inpatient acute care unit, full-service emergency department, imaging department, laboratory, outpatient behavioral health, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and physical and occupational therapies provided by The Rehabilitation Center.
This was reported by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System on November 5, 2021.
Contact Information: Appalachian Regional Healthcare, 2260 Executive Drive, Lexington, KY 40505; 828-737-7071; Website: www.arh.org