Behavioral health hospital opening up at Nationwide Children's in Columbus

Behavioral health hospital opening up at Nationwide Children's in Columbus
Gina McDowell - Behavioral Health Clinical Educator

COLUMBUS - Friday is a new and exciting day for families in the battle to break the stigma of mental illness.

A dedication ceremony was held for the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

365体育投注开户Nationwide Children’s Hospital says The Pavilion will be America’s largest and most comprehensive center dedicated exclusively to child and adolescent behavioral and mental health on a pediatric medical campus in the United States.

365体育投注开户The Pavilion is named in honor of a $50 million gift from Big Lots and Big Lots Foundation – one of the largest corporate donations ever specifically devoted to a pediatric and adolescent behavioral health program.

According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Pavilion will help meet a growing need for these types of health services as 11% of children ages 8-11 and 22% of teens ages 13-18 18 have a mental illness.

Features include:

  • A Psychiatric Crisis Department with nine assessment rooms that are more conducive to working with pediatric patients and families in crisis than a typical emergency room. A 10-bed Extended Observation Suite allows for appropriate time to determine if a patient should be admitted to a higher level of care.
  • A Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit with 12 beds designed for intensive mental health treatment for youth. A 2019 study has shown this care model has significantly helped decreased suicidality.
  • Influenced by trauma-informed practices, inpatient psychiatry units are maximized for safety and comfort, from furniture and lighting, to considerations made for bathrooms and doorways. The Pavilion will ramp up to house 48 patient beds and will have a unique unit for patients with intellectual and developmental diagnoses.
  • A gym, fitness room and play deck allow patients to run and play.
  • Outdoor fifth story courtyards provide respite to families and to staff. The Ronald McDonald Family Room will open in summer 2020, operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities.
  • Common gathering places on each unit allow patients and families to interact during the day in group therapy, and provide places for connection throughout the treatment journey.
  • Intensive outpatient programs, including the Mood and Anxiety Program, Family-Based Intensive Treatment, outpatient general psychiatry, and the Critical Assessment and Treatment Clinic.
  • The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, which is continuing its work to address the growing problem of suicide among youth.
  • Comfort rooms throughout the Pavilion offer patients access to soothing spaces that give staff the ability to control lighting and provide music, complete with softer furniture. A sanctuary and quiet alcoves with views of nature and natural light will also provide places of respite. More than 10,000 people nationally made contributions to Project SNAP to create inspirational artwork for the pavilion.

An open house will be held at the Pavilion on Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to take a tour and connect with providers.

365体育投注开户The Pavilion officially opens March 10 at 7 a.m.

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