Butler Hospital hosted a ceremony to commence the building of a new today, April 17, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at the site of the construction on the Butler Hospital campus at 345 Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, R.I. For the ceremonial foundation-digging, Butler President and CEO Patricia Recupero, JD, MD was be joined by the First Lady of Rhode Island Stephanie Chafee; Care New England Board Chair George Shuster; Craig Stenning, director of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; Amy Kinney, member, Butler's Patient Family Advisory Council; and David Tidwell, Architect, Yoder and Tidwell.
The new three-story 49,000 square foot facility will include an expanded center and a new adult inpatient care unit, with additional space for expansion in the future. The first floor of the new facility will be dedicated to PAS, also known as admissions or Butler's 'Emergency Room.' With just over 17,000 square feet, the space will be more than double the size of the hospital's existing PAS area and will improve patient flow, reduce wait time for patients and provide more privacy and security.
In addition to expanded assessment services, the new facility will include a new 26-bed adult inpatient treatment unit on the third floor, increasing Butler's licensed bed capacity from 117 to 143. The proposed 17,900 square feet of space will house both private and semi-private rooms, which will enable the hospital to have more beds available to accommodate patient acuity needs.
"The new Patient Care Center will touch the lives of just about everyone in Rhode Island," says Patricia Ryan Recupero, JD, MD, Butler's president and CEO in recognition that the state has one of the highest rate of mental illness and the highest rate of attempted suicides across the country, as well as one of the highest rates of unemployment. "We are so pleased to be able to address the need for expanded mental health care in Rhode Island, and we're also proud to be bringing jobs to local businesses as this building is one of the largest private construction projects in the state." The total cost to build the three-story facility is estimated at approximately $17 million, a portion of which will be secured through fundraising. Butler anticipates opening the doors of the new center in the summer of 2013.
Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.