Nyack Hospital Behavioral Health Center to Open

Nyack Hospital held a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday for the opening of the new Behavioral Health Center, which is officially set for Tuesday. The center is housed on the third floor of the hospital, and provides 26 beds and safety measures such as covered lighting and recessed shelves. According to Dr. Michael Rader, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the hospital, with the center now being a part of the hospital emergency services and medical evaluation can be completed on location instead of transporting patients from the original center with ambulances. Rader stated that they will be treating anyone who is diagnosed with mental health issues and requires help, inlcuding the most common, depression and manic-depressive disorders, and patients will be able to access follow up treatment. Rockland’s clinic will close on Tuesday, according to Rockland County Mental Health Commissioner Mary Ann Walsh-Tozer and will provide the county with 1 million dollars this year and 2 million in 2015, though the main reason for closure was to ensure care could be easily reached for patients. An 8 million dollar grant from the State Health Care Affordability Law paid for construction and the hospital will take over costs for patient care. Rockland’s Personnel Commissioner Joan Silvestri stated that about 80 jobs will be lost when the center is closed, though hospital spokeswoman Lauren Malone stated the new center will provide 64 full and part time positions.

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