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AAMC opens new mental health hospital

| March 15, 2020, 10:30 AM

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Photo: Heather Crowder

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) marked a milestone recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new mental health hospital, which will officially open its doors to patients late March. Attendees included AAMC leadership, community members, patients, donors and public officials.

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“The J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center will be an important part of our work to care for the whole person while they are receiving inpatient and outpatient mental health services,” said Victoria Bayless, CEO of Luminis Health. “We are thankful to our long-time supporters of this project, our generous donors, the state of Maryland and Anne Arundel County, and our dedicated behavioral health team for support in bringing this project to fruition.”

“This is an important day for our community,” said Sherry Perkins, president of AAMC. “Together, we have worked diligently and passionately to bring our region the mental health care and services it needs and truly deserves. We are proud of this milestone in our journey to deliver the care our community members need, when and where they need it.”

“Cutting the ribbon on the J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center signifies the start of our vision of an integrated behavioral campus coming to life,” said Eric Anderson, MD, medical director of the McNew Medical Center. “When we started on this path more than four years ago, we set out to address the gaps in mental health care. What emerged was a commitment to delivering state-of-the-art, patient- and family-centered care in a safe, calming and comforting environment.”

The J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center is located in Annapolis off Riva Road next to Pathways, AAMC’s substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment facility. The 16-bed facility will care for up to 900 patients a year who would otherwise be transferred out of the area.

The campus offers:

  • Inpatient mental health care
  • A psychiatric partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Residential and outpatient substance use services
  • Referral and care coordination to community-based treatment and support services

The McNew Medical Center is not an emergency facility and cannot receive walk-in patients. Patients are admitted to the inpatient unit upon referral from a hospital’s emergency department when a patient has presented voluntarily or on an emergency petition, has received an emergency psychiatric assessment, and has met criteria for admission.

The 56,000 square foot, four-story building was designed with both safety and aesthetics in mind for the care of patients and families. The new facility includes a courtyard, patient and family lounge space, a secure ambulance bay to allow for the safe transfer of new patients into the building, a meditation room and a community conference room.

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