Audrain hosts open house for new senior mental health unit

2 years 7 months 1 week ago Monday, June 06 2016 Jun 6, 2016 Monday, June 06, 2016 2:34:00 PM CDT June 06, 2016 in News
By: Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MEXICO - An Audrain County hospital held a public open house Monday for its new 20-bed inpatient Behavioral Health Senior Care Unit.

The newly renovated unit at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain will provide patients access to staff specially trained to work with seniors in serious psychiatric crisis and care for individuals with mental disorders.

Open house attendees could take a tour, meet staff and learn about symptoms and treatment options for mental health disorders.

Hospital president Donna Jacobs said it is excited to offer new critical services.

“Not only will this provide critical mental health services to seniors in this area, but it also brings additional employment opportunities for our community.”

SSM Health invested $1.8 million in this project, which will bring more than 30 new positions to the hospital, including a recreational therapist, social workers, case managers and nursing staff.

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