A 76-bed behavioral health hospital will open in Liberty
By William K. Alcorn
Generations Behavioral Health-Youngstown, a new 76-bed facility on Colonial Drive, expects to begin accepting patients in March, said Nate Mast, Generations’ chief executive officer.
Mast said the $10 million renovation and expansion of the former Campus Health Care Center, which he said has been vacant for a couple of years, is undergoing the finishing touches.
Not only was the interior of the building gutted and renovated, a 4,000-square-foot addition was constructed, bringing the total facility to 36,000 square feet.
Generations Behavioral Health-Youngstown is the second facility opened by owners Dr. Zyama Goldman of Shaker Heights and Ed Stack of Nashville, Tenn. Their first endeavor in Northeast Ohio, an 18-bed facility in Geneva, opened in December 2015. They plan to open more facilities in the next five to seven years, Mast said.
The Generations Behavioral Health-Youngstown hospital will have a 28-bed geriatric unit for patients 55 and older with an anticipated 14-day stay; a 28-bed unit for adults 18 to 55 with an anticipated 10-12-day stay; and a 20-bed unit for dual-diagnosed patients who will stay an anticipated 21 days, Mast said.
He said the new facility will not be a detox-unit, but will have detox as a component of treatment.
“We want to set ourselves apart by establishing a very high standard of communication with area health-care entities to prevent re-admissions to the extent possible,” Mast said.
He said the focus is on service and to that end there will be a three-minute “culture huddle” before every shift during which “we will focus on the needs of our fellow employees, our physician partners and of course our patients and their families.”
Common accommodations are laundry rooms, full-service dining, activity rooms and external court yards, he said.
In addition to what Mast called “addressing the ever-growing behavioral health needs in the Mahoning Valley,” Generations Behavioral Health-Youngstown will bring 150-160 new jobs to the area.
“It is important to Generations Behavioral Health that our hospital and community develop good rapport and understanding early on,” Mast said. “That being the case, we have welcomed and engaged in discussions with key political figures, local law enforcement, community health systems, and other key stakeholders in the community in order to best provide mutual support and service.”
Generations Behavioral, which is regulated by the Joint Commission and the Ohio Department of Mental Health, has hired much of its administrative teams, nurses and licensed practical nurses, and others in preparation of its opening.
Mast said he is confident the facility will fill up quickly.
“There is a need for these beds in the tri-county area,” he added.