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Groundbreaking held for Olathe mental health hospital

By Roberta Pardo

On June 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly joined civic and fellow government leaders in breaking ground for a 72-bed mental health hospital in Olathe.
To be jointly operated by KVC Health Systems and Children’s Mercy Hospital, the facility “will have the capacity to care for more than 3,400 patients annually and will create approximately 150 new jobs,” a press release from Kelly’s office stated.
“The need to strengthen mental health services is a nonpartisan issue that affects all Kansans, rural and urban alike — and addressing the need pays dividends for everyone,” Kelly said, as quoted in the press release. “A lack of psychiatric beds has been one of the largest barriers to providing mental health care in our state. When completed, this state-of-the-art hospital will take significant pressure off our health care systems.”
Priced at $53 million, the facility is expected to provide 48 pediatric beds and 24 for adults, Kelly’s office stated. Other planned amenities include paths for walking, private courtyards and “dining and activity spaces,” the press release stated.
“The design and healing environment prioritize staff and patient safety, supportive care and treatment spaces, patient wellness and connection with nature,” the release stated.
Paul Kempinski, Children’s Mercy president and CEO; and Laura Howard, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services secretary, commented on the hospital. Kempinski was quoted in the release as saying the partnerships to develop the facility display “our joint commitment to providing resources and creating greater capacity across Kansas and Missouri to serve children requiring more complex care.”
“This facility will allow more children and adults to get the inpatient psychiatric care they need and positively impacts our continued efforts as a state to improve mental health in Kansas,” Howard was quoted as saying.


Inicia construcción de hospital de salud mental en Olathe

El 28 de junio, la gobernadora de Kansas, Laura Kelly, se unió a los líderes cívicos y gubernamentales para inaugurar un hospital de salud mental de 72 camas en Olathe.
Para ser operado conjuntamente por KVC Health Systems y Children’s Mercy Hospital, la instalación “tendrá la capacidad de atender a más de 3400 pacientes al año y creará aproximadamente 150 nuevos puestos de trabajo”, indicó un comunicado de prensa de la oficina de Kelly.
“La necesidad de fortalecer los servicios de salud mental es un problema no partidista que afecta a todos los habitantes de Kansas, tanto rurales como urbanos, y abordar la necesidad paga dividendos para todos”, dijo Kelly, según se cita en el comunicado de prensa. “La falta de camas psiquiátricas ha sido una de las mayores barreras para brindar atención de salud mental en nuestro estado. Cuando esté terminado, este hospital de última generación eliminará una presión significativa de nuestros sistemas de atención médica”.
Con un precio de $53 millones, se espera que la instalación proporcione 48 camas pediátricas y 24 para adultos, indicó la oficina de Kelly. Otras comodidades planificadas incluyen senderos para caminar, patios privados y “espacios para comer y actividades”, indicó el comunicado de prensa.
Nuestro país enfrenta una crisis de salud mental”, dijo Paul Kempinski, presidente y director ejecutivo de Children’s Mercy. “Esta colaboración demuestra nuestro compromiso conjunto de proporcionar recursos y crear una mayor capacidad en Kansas y Missouri para atender a los niños que requieren una atención más compleja”.
Laura Howard, secretaria del Departamento de Servicios para Adultos Mayores y Discapacitados de Kansas, dijo que este proyecto brindará muchas opciones para aumentar la capacidad de tratamiento de la comunidad de Olathe.
“Esta instalación permitirá que más niños y adultos obtengan la atención psiquiátrica para pacientes hospitalizados que necesitan y tendrá un impacto positivo en nuestros continuos esfuerzos como estado para mejorar la salud mental en Kansas,” dijo.

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