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Meeting a Need
MiraVista Expands with New Adult Inpatient Treatment Beds
MiraVista Behavioral Health Center recently announced the expansion of its facilities with the opening of new adult inpatient treatment
beds. These adult beds are in addition to the 16-bed adolescent unit which was recently renovated and now reopened.
The addition of these specialized beds reflects MiraVista’s ongoing commitment to meeting the growing demand for high-quality mental-healthcare services. With mental-health challenges on the rise globally, the Holyoke facility recognizes the impor- tance of providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals with mental illness.
“Our decision to expand our inpatient treatment capacity underscores our dedication to serving our community and the Commonwealth and addressing the increasing need for mental-health services,” said Shelley Zimmerman, MiraVista’s hospital adminis- trator. “We believe that everyone deserves access to effective treatment in a supportive environment, and these new beds will enable us to provide specialized care to more individuals in need.”
The new adult inpatient beds will offer a range of therapeutic interventions tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. MiraVista’s multi-disciplinary team of experts, including psychiatrists, psycholo- gists, social workers, and nurses, will work collab- oratively to develop personalized treatment plans focused on promoting healing and recovery.
In addition to individualized therapy sessions,
“We believe that everyone deserves access to effective treatment in a supportive environment, and these new beds will enable us to provide specialized care to more individuals in need.”
patients will have access to group therapy, medica- tion management, recreational activities, educational workshops, and peer support, all designed to foster personal growth and empowerment. MiraVista’s holistic approach to treatment emphasizes wellness and resilience, empowering patients to achieve last- ing positive change in their lives.
Direct admission without first being seen in an emergency department is a new process MiraVista introduced with the reopening of its adolescent unit.
Hope and Support
MiraVista also recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month with a flag raising on May 9 and by illuminating its façade green.
“Green is used for the month to symbolize hope and support for individuals living with a mental ill- ness,” said Kimberley Lee, chief of Creative Strategy and Development. “Our clinicians work across popu-
lations to help patients successfully manage their mental-health challenges and lead fulfilling lives in community.”
In conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) observance of the month, Lee explained, MiraVista will highlight on its social media the diverse mental- health needs of various populations and encourage people to wear green.
“These 31 days are about advancing better under- standing of mental health as a component of overall health and the importance of seeking evidence-based treatment for it when needed,” she said. “Whether someone is navigating personal challenges or extend- ing empathy to others, this month holds significance for us all in showing support for mental healthcare.”
Lee said MiraVista will follow SAMHSA’s sug- gested weekly themes in highlighting the mental- health needs of older adults, children and teens, mar- ginalized racial and ethnic groups, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and, as a result of bullying and discrimination, are at high risk for mental-health conditions.
“We are amplifying our efforts during May to des- tigmatize mental health, enhance understanding, and cultivate a supportive environment,” Lee said. “Pro- moting mental health and treatment for it benefits everyone — from the individual managing it to the family and friends who love them, to the community in which they live and contribute.” BW
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