LEWISTON -- St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston has officially opened a 13-bed pediatric behavioral unit to provide specialized care for children (ages 5-12) and adolescents (ages 13-18).
The new unit features eleven private rooms with private bathrooms and showers, and one double room, complete with disability accessibility. The contemporary design leverages natural daylight and offers comfortable group activity spaces, ensuring the best possible care environment. The flexible floor plan also allows for the youngest patients to be treated separately from adolescents.
“We’re all so excited to see the opening of the new unit,” said Dr. Michael Kelley, chief medical officer for behavioral health at St. Mary’s. “Its beautiful design, private rooms and overall comfortable environment will help patients and their families when they need it most.”
The opening of the new pediatric behavioral unit completes phase one of a three-phase renovation project. Phase two, scheduled for later this year, will focus on moving oncology, rheumatology, and the infusion center into a renovated outpatient facility located across the street from the main hospital at 106 Campus Avenue. This will allow for these services to be offered in a more convenient, accessible outpatient setting. Phase three, scheduled for 2019, will relocate the adult psychiatric unit into a newly renovated space.
Funding for this project has been provided by the community. The “Making an Impact with Care & Compassion” capital campaign is led by community leaders Mark and Deb Anthoine. The campaign has raised $5 million toward its minimum goal of $6 million. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.stmarysmaine.com/support-st-marys/capital-campaign/the-campaign-for-st-marys or call the St. Mary’s Foundation office at (207) 777-8863.
St. Mary’s Health System, a member of Covenant Health, is comprised of St. Mary’s Medical Center, a 233-bed acute care community hospital, a primary care provider network, urgent care and emergency department, an extensive complement of behavioral and mental health services as well as outpatient specialty practices.