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The new Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital is expected to greatly expand access to inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment across the region.

A partnership between Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Universal Health Services, the new hospital will serve adolescent, adult and older adult patients. The hospital began accepting patients July 9, and will continue to add programs and services as the need arises.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health President and CEO Jan Bergen (third from left) and University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Ralph Muller (fourth from left) celebrate the opening of the Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital with LG Health and Universal Health Services leaders.

“Lancaster County’s growing population and greater recognition for mental and physical health care led us to determine that a hospital dedicated to behavioral health was essential to filling the service gaps that existed in our community,” said Jan Bergen, President & CEO, LG Health. “This hospital will deliver enhanced treatment options and both inpatient and outpatient services to patients and families throughout our region.”

According to Jayne Van Bramer, CEO of Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, “Our philosophy of treatment embodies the belief that recovery is possible for every person with a psychiatric diagnosis. Providing optimal care for those who choose to heal is a matter of identifying the unique needs of each person, and providing a treatment plan that addresses the whole person, not merely a list of symptoms.”

In addition to general adult and dedicated adolescent units, the new 126-bed facility will offer services for treating those with co-occurring disorders on the psychiatric-medical unit, an intensive adult unit to care for those with severe conditions and a women’s trauma unit.

The new hospital will deliver innovative approaches to provide a caring environment for each patient, while also ensuring patient safety . Each unit dayroom features access to a courtyard with outdoor, therapeutic space.
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