Providence, R.I. – Today, September 25, 2013, Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joined Butler Hospital President and CEO, Patricia Recupero, JD, MD in dedicating the hospital's new Patient Care Center. Built in response to the need in Rhode Island for increased access to acute mental health care, the three-story, 48,000 square foot Riverview Building includes an expanded Patient Assessment Services (PAS) center and a new adult inpatient care unit.
"Today we are one-step closer to giving the one out of four Rhode Islanders who struggle with depression, anxiety or an addiction greater access to the care that could change their lives. With the opening of Riverview, patients will no longer wait for hours in crowded emergency rooms for a bed in our hospital. The Riverview Building offers the people of Rhode Island direct access to the expert assessment and inpatient care they need in a safe, state-of-the art environment that is light-filled, soothing and welcoming," said Patricia Ryan Recupero, JD, MD, Butler's president and CEO.
The first floor of the new facility is dedicated to PAS, also known as Admissions or Butler's Emergency Room. With just over 17,000 square feet, the space is 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 safety. PAS staff will use a new real-time electronic communications system to ensure patients get to the right point of care at the right time with the right resources for the best care experience.
In addition to expanded assessment services, the Riverview Building includes a new 26-bed adult inpatient treatment unit, increasing Butler's licensed bed capacity from 117 to 143. The new inpatient unit will provide an intensive level of care for the increasing number of patients with high acuity needs being seen at the hospital.
The spacious unit offers separate areas for staff to care for patients in a safe environment that best supports their acuity needs and provides low stimulation areas within the unit to accommodate patients who need a quieter, less stimulating environment. The unit also accommodates private areas for patients and families to meet with clinicians.
"Care New England is transforming how we provide care, and the Riverview Building is another fine example of how we are setting the standard for the future of health care.This new facility gives staff an environment that equals the high quality of care they provide, which is second to none. The first hospital in Rhode Island, Butler was a pioneer in the treatment and study of brain-related disorders. Today, the hospital continues to be a standard-bearer for innovative, cutting-edge care that is safe and patient-focused," said Care New England President and CEO Dennis Keefe.
The Riverview Building's new Intensive Treatment Unit will open October 1, and the expanded Patient Assessment Services will open on October 20. Built by EW Burman and designed by Yoder & Tidwell, the Riverview Building cost $16 million to build. To date, more than $1.6 million has been raised in donations from the community. For more information on the Riverview Patient Care Center, visit www.butler.org/patientcarecenter.
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.