Davis Regional Medical Center set to open new mental health unit
BY HALEY JONES
Davis Regional Medical Center hosted an open house for its new Dual Diagnosis Unit of Delta Behavioral Health Services on Tuesday afternoon. The new unit adds 14 additional beds designed to care for individuals with mental health and substance abuse diagnosis.
The hospital spent $2.4 million on the design and construction of the new unit to accommodate psychiatric patients in a safe and therapeutic environment. Construction began in April. The official opening for patients is projected to be early November.
“We here at Davis Hospital believe mental illness is a real problem,” CEO Matthew Banks told those who attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The Davis Regional mental health team is passionate for our patients.”
Banks thanked the staff of Davis Regional’s Behavioral Health Unit. He also acknowledged City Councilman Arnold Watt, Iredell County Commissioner Marvin Norman, N.C. Reps. Rena Turner and John Fraley, and N.C. Sens. David Curtis and Dan Barrett.
Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services Alan R. Dodson said there are not enough mental health and substance abuse units in North Carolina.
The new unit will provide care for 70-plus more patients a month with patients staying an average of six days. The hospital also has an adult psychiatric unit with 16 beds and a geriatric unit with 12 beds.
Dr. Andrew Owens will be the primary psychiatrist for the unit.
“I am excited for the (hospital’s) newest, state-of-the-art unit,” said Owens. “It will be a pleasure to work with the people at Davis. Everyone has been supportive and helpful. I also look forward to caring for the people of Iredell County and surrounding areas.”
The unit will also be under the direction of Dodson as well as Nurse Director Janet Bowles and Manager of Behavioral Health Nicole Sigmon.
The new unit will primarily focus on treating those with a mental health diagnosis. One of the Behavioral Health therapists is a licensed clinical addiction specialist while the other is a clinical substance abuse counselor.
The unit will be staffed by approximately 25 RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and therapists.