Five patients admitted so far at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital
08/23/2013 - The Exponent Telegram. By Jim Davis.
A soft opening. That’s how Highland-Clarksburg Hospital’s Eric Kennedy described the first week of business for the children’s and adolescents’ unit.
“We’ve had five admitted patients,” said Kennedy, the psychiatric hospital’s chief operating officer. “Our patient volume has been low. We expected that.
“It has allowed us to have a soft opening, take care of patients, and get used to the systems and each other,” Kennedy added.
The 35-bed unit in the former United Hospital Center opened Monday.
The Charleston-based mental health provider plans to employ about 270 at its Clarksburg facility.
Sixty staff are already in place, and another 10 will be added over the next few weeks, Kennedy has said.
By mid-October, the hospital will start hiring 200 more for the adult units still under construction, he said.
The adult units will house forensic, or criminally insane, patients, 55 beds; patients with mental illness or substance abuse issues, 35 beds; and military veterans, 25 veterans.