LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Gundersen Lutheran's new inpatient behavioral health building is just about complete and Saturday the public has a chance to check-out the facility.
The new building is part of the campus renewal project and has 34 private rooms for patients and beds for adolescent patients. The inpatient building is just part of Gundersen's plan to help those suffering from mental illness.
"Gundersen Lutheran provides a wide variety of out patient services for adolescents, children and adults," Kelly Barton, vice president of clinical operations at Gundersen. "We also provide eating disorder treatment, partial hospitalization, and so while the inpatient building is a really important part of the care that we provide, it's really just once piece of it. For patients to be successful they need a strong support network."
The hope is to make help easily available to the community and reduce the stigma's associated with mental health.
You can tour the new behavioral health building. Gundersen Lutheran is holding a community open house Saturday, January 5, from 10 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon, with a special presentation to be held at noon.
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