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McLean Hospital Opens Psychiatric Treatment Unit in Brockton, Mass.

Satellite site offers opportunity to expand clinical services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 12, 2004

CONTACT:
Cindy Lepore
617/855-2110
leporec@mclean.harvard.edu

Belmont, MA - Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital today announced the opening of a 25-bed inpatient adult satellite facility in Brockton, Mass., on the grounds of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System.

The 14,000 square-foot unit, located in leased space on the perimeter of the VA's Brockton, Mass. campus, will treat adults with a range of psychiatric illnesses in an inpatient setting. The new site, McLean SouthEast, replaces a 15-bed unit previously operated in Plymouth, Mass., and will provide services similar to those that have been historically delivered by the Brockton VA, but to a broader group of patients.

According to Philip Levendusky, PhD, McLean's vice president of Network Development, the decision to relocate to Brockton was based on several factors:

  • An opportunity to expand from 15 to 25 beds and thus, to serve the needs of greater numbers of people in southeastern Massachusetts, the fastest growing area of Massachusetts.
  • Closer proximity to Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, strong supporters of the relocation, for whom McLean has been providing emergency psychiatric services for the past two years.
  • McLean's long-lasting research, teaching and clinical collaborations with the VA will be even more fruitful with the presence of McLean SouthEast in Brockton, on the VA campus. Like McLean, the VA is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

    "It's a good match that makes sense," said Levendusky. "More importantly, the opening of this new site is emblematic of our commitment to quality and accessible patient care. It enables us to continue offering the people of southeastern Massachusetts the clinical resources of a dedicated staff who are experienced in treating a wide array of psychiatric disorders, while complementing the VA's mission of providing the highest quality services to our nation's veterans."

    McLean SouthEast offers in-depth individual assessment, case management, psychopharmacology consultations and group therapy. Patients receive ongoing support and education at all stages of their recovery through a personalized and comprehensive treatment approach. The unit is under the leadership of highly regarded clinicians, including medical director Jeffrey Rediger, MD, and program director Richard Curcuru, LICSW.

    The facility, which is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Mental Health, will eventually include a separate residential treatment program for adolescents, said Levendusky.

    McLean Hospital, consistently ranked the nation's top psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report, is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.