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Patrick Kennedy tours new mental health facility

Former U.S. Representative gave accolades to Regions Hospital’s new facility and care model

During a recent visit to Minnesota, Patrick Kennedy paid a visit to Regions Hospital’s new mental health facility that is in its final stages of construction. Kennedy is a former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island and the son of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy.

Throughout his career, Kennedy has always been a strong advocate for mental health care. In fact, he helped pass the Wellstone Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act, which requires health plans to provide the same coverage for the treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse as they do for other medical conditions.

Mental health matters

Kennedy said he was impressed with Regions after touring the new facility and learning about the changes the hospital was making for mental health care. Some of these changes include:

  • A new care model. Community members and employees throughout the hospital have been reevaluating how care is provided for patients and making improvements. This includes enhancing the dining experience, offering more flexible visiting hours and engaging family members in patient care.
  • A new partial-hospitalization program. The new DayBridge program will provide an intensive treatment for patients who can live in the community with support from family and friends, but can benefit from inpatient-like care during the day. This program will work to help continue to stabilize patients, while helping to avoid unnecessary admissions.
  • More options for patients and family. With twice the space, the new facility will offer more space and privacy for patient care and comfort. This includes outdoor space, an activities center, as well as family-friendly patient care space for therapies and education

“There is a great need for new models of care for mental health, and this facility is an opportunity for Regions to establish a new standard of care for the nation,” Kennedy said. Kennedy said he would like to return to Regions in December to celebrate the grand opening of the new facility and all of the great work that is happening.

Join us for the grand opening celebration

Mark your calendars; the grand opening celebration of the new facility is scheduled for Friday, December 7, from 1 – 7 p.m. on the hospital’s campus. The open house event will feature tours of the new space, the placement of a time capsule and the launch of a community-wide anti-stigma campaign.

More information about the event will be shared prior to the event.