GRAFTON—Grafton City Hospital is pleased to announce the West Virginia Health Care Authority’s recent regulatory approval of 10 new Behavioral Health Crisis beds.
North Central West Virginia is in a behavioral health crisis with the closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center in the Spring of 2020. This closure resulted in the loss of 26 inpatient psychiatric beds. In addition, the drastic amount of opioid overdoses and substance use disorders, which have been magnified by the symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder related to the COVID-19 pandemic, have further put a strain on the healthcare environment within Taylor County and other rural communities in close proximity to Grafton.
Given the behavioral health crisis, keeping people in the local community for their necessary healthcare will result in a higher probability of successful outcomes. Grafton City Hospital has the immediate space available of approximately 13,500 feet on the second floor of the Hospital to house these beds.
Dr. Andrew Berardinelli, an Emergency Room Physician and on-site coordinator for various behavioral health disorders program at Grafton City Hospital, will serve as the Hospital’s leader for this project. We also look to collaborate with experts in behavioral health in our region to utilize their expertise and trained professionals to achieve an overall best practice strategy in caring for these patients.
“While an individual crisis cannot be fully predicted, we can plan how we structure services and organize approaches to best meet the needs of those individuals who experience a mental health crisis,” said Dr. Andrew Berardinelli, Grafton City Hospital Medical Director.
“I wish to sincerely thank the various authorities at the State-level for authorizing the approval of the 10
Behavioral Health Crisis beds at Grafton City Hospital,” said George Boyles, Chief Administrative Officer, Grafton City Hospital. “The need for behavioral medicine care is critical to help serve the residents of Taylor and surrounding communities. We believe this helps assist people who may be suffering in different ways from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other day-to-day challenges faced by many residents. These beds can hopefully be of significant help to meeting the challenges faced by many residents and keep them close to their homes.”
“The region is so in need of these much-needed services and appreciate the support of the WV Healthcare Authority, our elected officials, providers and community. When we joined with Grafton City Hospital our goal was to ensure local stable quality healthcare and help where we were needed. This is a great example of how our aligned mission, vision, values come together aimed to help those in need closest to home,” said David Goldberg, President and CEO, Mon Health System
The care and treatment of these patients will require the Hospital to add between 10-14 highly skilled new jobs at Grafton City Hospital. These beds help fill the void of reduced beds within North Central West Virginia. Plans will now be finalized to remodel the 2nd floor unit, obtain the necessary equipment, furniture, supplies, and secure the necessary staffing resources. Estimated opening of this unit will be April 2021.
“What a welcome addition a crisis stabilization unit will be to our community at Grafton City Hospital. I toured the unit and met some of the staff who were wonderful,” said Amy Summers, House Majority Leader.
“This is fantastic news! Mental health disorders are a major issue in West Virginia,” exclaimed Sheila Westfall, Mayor of Grafton. “It is great to see Grafton City Hospital addressing the issue with a proactive method to treat patients and return them to a more productive and satisfying life.”