Renovations are currently underway on the Medical West Psychiatric Unit. This $1.4 million upgrade will increase beds from 15 to 25 expanding the current space to the north and east wing of the existing 6th floor. The renovation also includes cosmetic upgrades for the entire 6th floor acute care unit. These improvements include wood flooring, paint and wall decor, a remodeled nurses’ station, and upgraded patient rooms. All renovations are projected to be completed by mid-December. 


The new Psychiatric Unit at Medical West will specialize in geriatric psychiatry. With more than 15 surrounding nursing homes and an aging population, this expansion will provide the much needed psychiatric care to the elderly citizens of West Jefferson County. Mental health plays an important role in aging well. Older adults experiencing chronic emotional distress related to aging have been shown to greatly benefit from specialized psychiatric therapy. 


“We are thrilled to offer this enhanced service to the surrounding community,” said Steve Brackeen, Medical West CNO. “This service will truly make a difference in the lives of our older patient population.”


Medical West is excited about the renovations in progress and looks forward to sharing the new Psychiatric Unit with the community. For more information, please call Marianne Beard, Medical West Marketing Specialist, at 481-8502.