After two years of planning and design development, CenterPointe Hospital announces the start of a $12 million expansion and renovation project that will allow the Hospital to expand its child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric services as well as its adult chemical dependency programs. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the expansion project will be held at the Hospital, located at 5931 Highway 94 South in St. Charles County, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.
When complete in early 2012, CenterPointe Hospital, the region’s only private psychiatric hospital, will more than double the size of its adult residential chemical dependency unit, open a new program dedicated to treating geriatric psychiatric patients and expand its adult and child/adolescent acute care programs. The Hospital also will add a new outpatient facility and administrative building, an Urgent Care Center with lab and radiology services, and a freestanding retail pharmacy that will be open to residents in the surrounding community.
“This project represents our long-standing commitment to create a full spectrum of high quality behavioral health services for the St. Louis region and to offer those programs and services in an atmosphere of holistic healing,” says Azfar Malik, MD, MBA, DFAPA, CenterPointe’s Chief Executive Officer. “At a time when other institutions and the state have cut back on providing mental health services, we have a strong commitment to expand our programs so that residents in our community have the behavioral health services they need.”
CenterPointe’s new construction and renovation project includes major changes to the current 49,000 square-foot hospital campus. Specifically, the project will:
Demolish 14,000 SF of existing space that is outdated, including a kitchen and dining area, gymnasium, recreational therapy area, the front entrance and lobby, and several small cabins on the property that currently are being used for outpatient programs.
Renovate 12,000 SF and create 65,000 SF of new space to include: The creation of a new Geriatric Psychiatry program A new and substantially larger adult residential Chemical Dependency Unit Renovated facilities for child/adolescent and adult acute psychiatric care services New Electroconvulsive Therapy Lab New 1 ½-story entrance and lobby New administrative and outpatient care facility New gymnasium and recreational therapy area New kitchen and dining hall Expanded parking
Include a new Urgent Care Center with lab and radiology services and a retail pharmacy on the campus that will be open to the general public.
CenterPointe offers inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive day and evening outpatient services for psychiatric disorders and chemical dependency. Demand for CenterPointe’s services has been high for several years, with inpatient occupancy rates consistently averaging more than 80 percent and, oftentimes, at capacity. Outpatient services also have increased 200 percent and the Hospital currently operates six outpatient locations in the metropolitan St. Louis region.
Overseeing design and construction is Clayco, Inc. based in St. Louis, Mo., who is working closely with the city of Weldon Spring. “CenterPointe’s re-design respects the existing architecture and the surrounding community while taking into account the hospital’s desire to create a larger and more natural park-like setting that benefits patients throughout the course of their treatment,” says Chris Cedergreen, President of Forum Studio, Clayco’s architectural collaborative. “By creating a campus that offers many opportunities for greenspace and daylight exposure, we believe the Hospital re-design will have a direct and positive impact on patients and their families.”
Key to the re-design was enabling patients to safely and seamlessly move throughout the facility from patient rooms to counseling sessions and therapeutic environments. “Our patients are not confined to their beds or patient units all day, ” explains Susan Mathis, RN, MSN, CenterPointe’s Chief Operating Officer. “The average patient moves about the campus with staff supervision several times a day, enabling many to attend recreational therapy activities or eat in the general dining hall. This freedom of movement allows patients to function at their highest level and it is the hallmark of CenterPointe’s philosophy of care that dates back to the early 1980s and is unmatched by any other hospital in the region.”
CenterPointe’s plans include extensive landscaping and privacy fencing to ensure that surrounding neighborhoods will retain their current residential settings. In addition to the campus re-design, CenterPointe is contributing an additional $2 million and donated land to St. Charles County for a separate road project that runs in front of the hospital. The new Weldon Spring Parkway is currently under construction to help re-route and ease traffic congestion in the area. That project will be completed by next spring. CenterPointe will then restore a portion of its lake that was originally in front of the hospital.
For the expansion project, CenterPointe received assistance from the St. Charles Economic Development Center to secure a low-interest state bond to help fund construction. Financing is through PNC Bank.
“There are very few places in the country that provide the full continuum of mental health services for all ages as well as chemical dependency services,” says Dr. Malik. “Most of the time, patients are treated in a hospital and then transferred to a separate provider for outpatient care. At CenterPointe, we provide a progressive series of treatment programs for a wide variety of mental health diseases and addictions that can include inpatient care, partial hospitalization, a range of outpatient services, family therapy, and relapse prevention programs, all designed to help patients return to active and fulfilling lives.
“We have a life-long passion to offer the best in behavioral health services. With this hospital expansion project, we are taking a giant leap forward in our ability to treat any mental health disorder or addiction in an atmosphere of compassion and healing in a wide range of therapeutic settings.”