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Summer 2015
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Mid Coast Advances Behavioral Health Care

Mid Coast Hospital recently completed an Emergency Department (ED) expansion to add a three-bed Behavioral Health Observation Unit. The new unit increases capacity for to accommodate the rise in behavioral health patients visiting the ED and offers a more therapeutic environment for those waiting transfer to an acute care facility.

In 2014, the Mid Coast ED served nearly 25,000 patients, 8% of which had behavioral health concerns—a 242% increase in behavioral health patients since 2010. Mid Coast Hospital developed the Emergency Department Behavioral Health Observation Unit to better accommodate the influx of behavioral health patients who often experience lengthy stays in the ED while awaiting transfer to an inpatient facility.  

Partially funded by a generous donor, the new unit has three private rooms and a common area with a kitchenette, comfortable seating, and natural lighting. Patients are given a menu of calming and therapeutic amenities such as music, art supplies, and spiritual care to make their stay as comfortable as possible. The secure unit is staffed with behavioral health specialists that provide psychiatric consultation, compassionate care, and long-term planning support.

This innovative space will allow behavioral health patients to be cared for in the best possible circumstances, while also freeing up beds in the ED. This allows us to best care for the needs of all patients within our community.

More Info
Mid Coast Hospital Behavioral Health
123 Medical Center Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Inpatient Behavioral Health:
(207) 373-6600
Outpatient Behavioral Health:
(207) 373-6950

Mid Coast Hospital Emergency Department
123 Medical Center Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Non-Emergency Calls:
(207) 373-6000
Emergency: Call 9-1-1

 

More Info
Mid Coast Hospital Behavioral Health
123 Medical Center Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Inpatient Behavioral Health:
(207) 373-6600
Outpatient Behavioral Health:
(207) 373-6950

Mid Coast Hospital Emergency Department
123 Medical Center Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Non-Emergency Calls:
(207) 373-6000
Emergency: Call 9-1-1

 

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