HealthPartners in Minnesota, US, will open a new mental health building at Regions Hospital on 10 December 2012.
The $36m facility, which will replace the existing inpatient centre, is an eight-storey building that accommodates 100 private rooms, providing a healing environment for patients with mental illnesses.
Regions Hospital president and CEO Brock Nelson said, "This project is more than a building. It’s about providing our patients and their families care in an environment that is equal to the level of care we provide for other illnesses."
The new facility, designed in collaboration with previous patients and their family members, has the option to add an additional 20 rooms.
HealthPartners president and CEO Mary Brainerd said, "Together with the HealthPartners Clinics and community-based resources, we can provide patients with the right level of care throughout their treatment."
Kraus-Anderson is the general contractor and BWBR is the architect for the building.
Along with the opening, the health centre plans to preview a new campaign, ‘Make it ok’, which is designed to encourage people to talk openly about mental illness.
Regions mental health services medical director and HealthPartners psychiatrist John Kuzma said, "Most people live with the symptoms of a mental illness for up to ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma. We are working to change that."