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Behavioral Health Services are Moving to Mercy’s Central Campus

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa—On Monday, April 21, the inpatient behavioral health treatment center currently located at the Mercy Franklin Center will relocate to the West Building on Mercy’s central campus.

The newly-renovated fourth floor will house two separate inpatient adult treatment units – a general unit with 12 beds and an intensive care unit with six beds. A 16-bed child/adolescent inpatient unit will be located on the newly-renovated fifth floor. All of the patient rooms are private and equipped with state-of-the-art technological features including door sensors, alarms and cameras. The new units also both have open dining areas, exercise rooms and large group meeting areas.

In addition to the behavioral health units, the Mercy Help Center is also relocating to Mercy’s central campus. The Help Center will be located just inside the West Entrance in the former Mercy Mammography location and will provide access to treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The need to provide acute, crisis stabilization for individuals struggling with mental illness is ongoing,” said Dr. James Dennert, medical director for the adult inpatient behavioral health unit. “Relocating these services to Mercy’s main campus allows us to provide a broader range of psychiatric and medical care for our patients to make sure they get the help they need, when they need it most.”

During the last year, Mercy Behavioral Health provided inpatient treatment to 1,125 individuals.  On average, most patients stay in the inpatient unit for three days, before being referred to outpatient treatment, which may include the Partial Hospitalization Program or ongoing psychiatric and/or counseling services.

“The services we provide to children and adolescents who experience behavioral problems are crucial to helping families in our community,” said Dr. Sasha Khosravi, medical director for the child/adolescent inpatient behavioral health unit. “In the last year, we treated more than 600 children and adolescents at the Mercy Franklin Center. The move to Mercy’s central campus will increase the number of rooms we have available for child/adolescent patients, allowing us to help more children and their families.”

Mercy Behavioral Health employs approximately 90 individuals – including psychiatrists, certified psychiatric nurses, licensed mental health counselors and licensed social workers.

“This is an exciting change for our organization,” said Bob Ritz, president of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines. “The new facilities are a reflection of our commitment to provide a positive experience to our patients and their families as they go through the healing process.”

The Mercy First Step Program, which specifically offers treatment and counseling for individuals with substance abuse problems, will continue to meet at the Mercy Franklin Center, located at 1818 48th St. in Des Moines. Access to this program and all Mercy Behavioral Health programs is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the Mercy Help Center (515) 271-6111.

About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is an 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital situated on three campuses.  Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines. It also is one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,100 employees and a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and allied health associates.  Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 87 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.

Gregg Lagan
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