Geisinger, Acadia Inaugurates New Behavioral Health Center | Business
MOOSIC – Representatives from Geisinger and Acadia Healthcare took another step Thursday towards the introduction of essential behavioral health services in northeastern Pennsylvania.
The two organizations came together for a breakthrough at the future Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast site, 60 Glenmaura National Blvd.
The new 96-bed, 73,000-square-foot inpatient behavioral health facility, which will serve adult, pediatric and adolescent patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis and PTSD, is expected to open. doors in fall 2022.
A similar facility in Danville is expected to open in 2023.
Geisinger and Acadia are together investing around $ 80 million in the two facilities and at least 200 jobs are expected to be created between the two sites by 2024.
Dr Justin Coffey, chair of Geisinger’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Department, stressed the vital need for increased access to high-quality care.
“Our country’s behavioral health care system is in dire straits at a time when we need it most,” Coffey said. “Last year, more than 93,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, a record. “
Coffey added that there was a 17% increase in overdose deaths in Pennsylvania from the previous year and that young adults are particularly at risk.
“This group is now more likely to die by suicide than any other cause of death other than an accident,” he said.
The impact of the ongoing pandemic has also exacerbated the prevalence of mental health disorders, Coffey said.
“With the collective trauma inflicted by COVID-19, the number of Americans now reporting symptoms of depression and anxiety has reached a new high of 40%,” he said. “We believe part of the solution is to bring better behavioral health care closer to home.”
Dr Jaewon Ryu, President and CEO of Geisinger, believes the new facility site will position the organization to better serve local patients.
“It’s very deliberately located in Moosic – right between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton – because we know there is a need in both communities,” he said.
Acadia Healthcare, based in Tennessee, provides psychiatric and chemical dependency services to patients at specialty treatment facilities, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics, and school-based therapy programs.
Geisinger’s suppliers will equip both facilities; Acadia will manage day-to-day operations.
“We look forward to serving our patients with the respect, skill and kindness they deserve,” said Dr. Michael Genovese, Chief Medical Officer of Acadia.
Lackawanna County Commissioner Chris Chermak has worked to improve mental health awareness during his tenure and is happy to see the project moving forward.
“When I first became commissioner, I was responsible for creating the Lackawanna County Suicide Prevention Alliance. This is going to be very helpful for the patients. It is a great addition to our region and much needed, especially during these times.