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Missouri Psychiatric Center Upgrades Patient Care Areas

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Representatives of University of Missouri Health Care and members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce celebrated renovations to patient care areas at the Missouri Psychiatric Center with a ribbon-cutting event March 24.

The second floor north area houses one of two adult units in the facility and is the first inpatient care area to be renovated as part of MU Health Care’s commitment to upgrade the center. Now that the north unit is finished, construction will begin on the south area of the second floor. The completion date for the south unit renovations is scheduled for November.

Upgrades to the children’s inpatient unit are also expected to begin this summer, with a completion date of late August.

“Our goal from the very beginning was to improve the patient care environment here at our center,” said John Lauriello, M.D., medical director of the MU Psychiatric Center and Chancellor’s Chair of Excellence in Psychiatry at the MU School of Medicine. “I think the completion of this unit will offer our patients an environment that matches the quality of care that we provide here as clinicians, so I am very pleased to show off our newly renovated unit to our staff and the community.”

Renovations began in August 2010 to improve the patient care environment at the Missouri Psychiatric Center. The $13 million renovation includes a state-of-the-art remodeling of the adult units on the second floor, with a central treatment area for groups and rehabilitation and occupational therapy. Additional areas renovated or planned to be renovated include the children's inpatient and outpatient units, lobby, emergency assessment unit, children's visitor lounge and administrative areas.

University of Missouri Health Care opened the Missouri Psychiatric Center in 2009 to preserve and expand regional mental health services after the state closed Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center. Physicians and staff at the Missouri Psychiatric Center provide short-term, intensive inpatient treatment services for adults, adolescents and children. The interdisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists and special education teachers.

The Missouri Psychiatric Center, which adjoins University Hospital, has 59 inpatient beds divided among three units: a 14-bed unit for patients ages 5 to 17, and two units with a total of 45 beds for adults. The inpatient center provides a safe environment for patients who are in crisis, including individuals who are suicidal or suffering from a psychiatric illness. Patients are assessed, treated medically and supported with psychotherapy and counseling.

The center also offers an outpatient clinic for pediatric and adolescent patients. Outpatient adult psychiatric services are available at University Physicians-Green Meadows.

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