Christiana Care Health System replaced its inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Wilmington Hospital with a new, expanded facility that provides medical and behavioral health care.

The 21,000-square-foot unit — more than double the size of the old space — is outfitted in warm earth tones. There are natural wood touches and natural light.

Highlights include:

— Four pods to address specific needs: geriatric behavioral health issues, acute behavioral health issues, a dual diagnosis of behavioral health and substance use disorder and behavioral health/medical issues. Each pod has self-contained programming and a dedicated nursing station.

— Additional staff hired to provide care to the expanded patient population.

— An overall increase in bed capacity from 24 to 30 beds as of Nov. 12

— Safety design features recommended in the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Patient Safety Standards, Materials and Systems Guidelines, which were created to reduce the risk of harm to individuals in inpatient behavioral health hospital settings.

— Increased treatment space for group therapy, education and private one-on-one treatments, all of which share a pleasant, positive environment overlooking the Brandywine River.

— Two patient dining rooms.

— Visitor reception area and lockers for patients, family and friends to store belongings.

The new unit is in space formerly occupied by surgical operating rooms that moved to the Carol A. Ammon South Tower. The vacant area allowed Christiana Care to renovate without the need to close the unit temporarily.

The unit offers short-term care. The average length of stay is five to seven days. Admission is voluntary.

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