By Roxanne Squires
DEARBORN, Mich. – Beaumont Hospital recently announced plans to build a new freestanding mental health hospital in conjunction with Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services (UHS) — making it Beaumont’s ninth hospital once it opens.
The forthcoming project will provide much needed mental health services, which has been noted to be lacking in the southeastern region of Michigan.
The $40 million behavioral health facility – which will mostly be operated and managed by UHS — will provide a total of 150 beds, doubling its capacity for in-patient mental health care as well as expanding its day programs and outpatient services.
The most important feature around the design and construction of a UHS facility, according to UHS Regional Vice President, Diane Henneman, is patient and staff safety and security while maintaining a therapeutic and healing environment that preserves a patient’s dignity, privacy and comfort.
“UHS applies best practices and the latest construction standards to all of our new facilities to ensure that a patient’s health and wellbeing are first and foremost in everything we do,” said Henneman. “The facility will be intentionally designed to create a therapeutic environment that includes a calming color palette, natural wall décor and art, and natural light throughout building design, as well as ligature resistant fixtures to help maintain patient safety. We want to provide comforting and non-institutional environment that will foster the healing process.”
The new hospital will also integrate electronic systems including Telehealth technology, which supports both assessment and referral as well as provide care.
Epic EMR will be utilized and will interface with Beaumont’s existing EMR.
Furthermore, the new facility will feature a building automation system (BAS), which provides the Facilities team with real-time remote monitoring and control of a majority of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems. The BAS also provides the ability to manage and optimize building efficiency.
In regards to sustainability, UHS sets goals in regard to Energy Star Ratings and as part of that we install LED lights in all of our new behavioral health facilities.
According to Henneman, construction is expected to begin during the fourth quarter of 2019.
JJCA, an architectural firm based in Nashville, with a specialization in community healthcare, has been chosen as the architect for the project. UHS has not yet selected a contractor.