Via a $1.4 million renovation, Ardent Health Services Inc. will open up the third floor at one of its newly acquired hospitals in Albuquerque to 44 mental health patients sometime in mid-February, according to an article in the Albuquerque Journal.
The project is located at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown Albuquerque. Ardent quickly amassed a five-hospital system in the southwestern city upon the purchase of St. Joseph in September 2002 and Lovelace Health System earlier this month.
The new behavioral health floor will provide acute psychiatric care, with staffers stabilizing patients, intervening in medical crises and then moving them into rehabilitation and outpatient programs, the article says. The average stay is expected to be five to six days for younger adults, of whom there will be roughly 22 beds available.
The system currently offers behavioral health services to 65-year-old and older patients at a facility in nearby Rio Rancho. The 22 beds there are expected to move to the newly completed facility. The average stay for these patients is roughly 17 days, according to the Journal.