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Syracuse VA Medical Center


Syracuse VA Medical Center Opens New Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit

Syracuse VA Medical Center Main inpatient behavioral health main check in area

Main check in area for new inpatient behavioral health unit.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Syracuse VA unveiled its newly renovated Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit on January 28, 2011.  The new Inpatient Behavioral Unit houses 16 beds.

The new space was designed with state of the art environmental features that adhere to the principles of Planetree, a nonprofit organization of hospitals and health care organizations dedicated to promoting a patient centered care philosophy for health care.

The Syracuse VA sought to take existing space and shape a behavioral health unit that is a safe, self-actualizing, responsive unit to current behavioral health clinical practices.  The new unit offers:

• Enhanced privacy and flexible housing options with separate wings for male and female patients
• A mix of social spaces for patients so they can make active choices – social spaces that include both quiet and active dayrooms, a dining room, a group therapy room and a quiet room
• Internal windows that provide direct visualization into social and group spaces as well as give the corridors more light and views
• The unit has an electric fireplace and a backlit art element that provides changing art scenes
• The unit has an “in processing unit”, containing an exam room, interview room and clinician’s office
• The interior furnishings, finish and color minimizes the “institutional’ nature of the unit while retaining the necessary safe aspects when it comes to hardware, furniture and design

The new unit’s design is intended to promote appropriate interaction between clinical staff and patients, as well as promote the concept of a true therapeutic milieu. While the core of effective behavioral health care rests with skilled and dedicated clinicians, this type of environment  supports that dedication by creating a safe, easy to maneuver and comfortable setting.



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