Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit keeps families close to home

Cutting the ribbon for the Hurley Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit. Photo provided

FLINT — Genesee County has not had an inpatient behavioral health care unit for children since 2005, creating challenges for families in need of mental health care.

The past few years have been particularly difficult for children mentally and emotionally. So now Hurley Children’s Hospital is stepping up to fill the gap, providing much-needed compassionate support to families without having to leave the county.

Hurley recently cut the ribbon on its new Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit. The 11,000-square-foot unit has 14 beds and treats patients 12-17 years old.

A multidisciplinary team led by a board-certified child psychiatrist and supported by nursing, social work, activity therapy and psychology is already developing personalized care plans to restore mental stability and help adolescents achieve healthier lifestyles.

“Hurley is currently revitalizing hospital infrastructure and programs. The needs of adolescent behavioral health patients are a top priority,” said Melany Gavulic, President & CEO of Hurley. “Whether for mood, anxiety, psychosis, behavior or ongoing medical issues, care can now be found right here in our community, closer to home. Hurley experts provide compassionate support and help children more effectively cope with life challenges, mental health issues, instability and depression.

The $4 million project was partially financed through a bond. The $550,000 donation from Panda Express created the Panda Cares Center of Hope – two rooms in the unit, including a Noisy Activity Room with a lounge for social interaction and meal sharing and a Quiet Activity Room with low stimulation and sitting areas. A $350,000 grant from The Roots & Wings Foundation helped purchase furniture and equipment.

As the only children’s hospital in the region, Hurley Children’s Hospital is committed to being the hospital of choice for families in Mid-Michigan, Northern Michigan and the Thumb. We’ve rounded up some of the state’s top pediatric specialists and surgeons so families no longer have to travel south for the best medical care. This unit provides inpatient behavioral health services to families, keeping them close during a stressful recovery period.

Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit keeps families close to home

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