Adult-Day-Space-NursPADUCAH, Ky. (8/21/14) — Lourdes and Mercy Health announced the expansion of the Lourdes Behavioral Health Institute to ensure patients receive quality treatment in a contemporary, state-of-the-art environment.

Opening spring, 2015, The Lourdes Behavioral Health Institute will offer comprehensive services for inpatients and outpatients.

Patients will benefit from the latest innovations in safety features and a multi-sensory environment that includes music, color, lighting and exercise equipment to help patients reach their behavior management goals. The expanded center will include adult and geriatric services; a Partial Hospitalization Program; and Intensive Outpatient Program. All programs and services will continue to provide evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment provided by certified and licensed clinicians.

Lourdes is exploring partnership opportunities with other providers for additional services.

Treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit – is part of our culture of care and the expansion will help provide a comprehensive approach to behavioral health care that will further support our community.

“Behavioral health is a critical component to one’s life and well-being and needs to be integrated in the full continuum of care,” said Steven Grinnell, Lourdes President and CEO. “Through the Lourdes Behavioral Health Institute, we are creating a comprehensive approach to behavioral health care that doesn’t currently exist in our market today.”

“Today, healthcare professionals know the strong connections between mental and physical health,” said Dr. Laurie Ballew, Medical Director, Lourdes Behavioral Health Institute. “These connections include the fact that people with behavioral health issues are at higher risk of developing chronic physical conditions and people with chronic physical health issues are at higher risk of developing behavioral health conditions.”

She added, “We recognize this link and are taking action to ensure that behavioral health concerns are addressed appropriately, at the right time and with the right treatment options available. Patients and their families deserve nothing less.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness behavioral health affects every person directly or indirectly:

  • One in four adults experience mental illness in a given year;

  • Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 14.8 million people−live with major depression;

  • Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults−about 42 million people –live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorders and phobias.

“At Lourdes, our Mission calls us to address the health needs of all in our community, including behavioral health. We remain focused on patients throughout their entire lifespan and to care for their mind, body and spirit as one,” added Grinnell. “The Lourdes Behavioral Health Institute is the right thing to do for our communities, our patients and their families.”

The Behavioral Health Institute at Lourdes is part of Mercy Health’s Behavioral Health Institute, which operates behavioral health facilities in Kentucky and Ohio. Mercy Health is Lourdes parent organization.

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