Pat Weston-Hall, CEO of Glenbeigh, says the non-profit addiction hospital she leads in rural Rock Creek, Ohio is not what patients expect when they enter treatment. But, it is exactly what they deserve.
“They expect that the facility isn't going to look that nice; but when they get here, the facility is beautiful,” she says. “It helps them feel better and reinforces the disease concept that they're sick people who deserve treatment, not bad people who should be punished.”
Now entering its 30th year of operation, Glenbeigh has expanded to include facilities across northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. But the original inpatient facility in Rock Creek has continued to grow as well. After undergoing two renovations-one in 2007 and another slated for completion in December 2010-Glenbeigh has grown to six buildings spread across an 80-acre campus.
The original renovation in 2007 was a $4.5 million expansion of the two-story main hospital, which houses the detox and inpatient programs.
“It was built around the existing structure to truly enhance the patient experience,” says Gary Seech, Glenbeigh's program director. Along with adding 25 beds to Glenbeigh's capacity (which is now over 140 beds), the project also updated the hospital's amenities, creating a state-of-the-art fitness center, dining hall, education center, and meditation room.
The fitness center, complete with a sauna and group exercise space, allows Glenbeigh to treat its patients holistically, focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual health. A full-time fitness instructor leads yoga, Pilates and aerobics classes daily, while spinning bikes, treadmills, weights, and elliptical trainers give patients the option of exercising on their own. Basketball and volleyball courts are also available outdoors.
“It would remind you of an actual health club that people would join at home, and that's what we encourage patients to do,” Seech says. “They begin their healthy physical activities here, and then continue that process when they return back home.”
The meditation room also supports the holistic approach to treating addiction. Though Glenbeigh's philosophy is non-denominational, the meditation room offers a quiet space for personal reflection and houses meditation books from a variety of religious backgrounds. If patients want to attend religious services off-site, Glenbeigh provides them with transportation.
These updated, communal amenities are open to patients from every level of care, though patients in the extended care program reside in four separate, homelike facilities throughout the campus. These residences are within walking distance of the main hospital and house eight men or women at a time.
“It's nice for extended care patients to have more separation of services,” Weston-Hall says. “There's more camaraderie when they're in a smaller unit and can bond with their peers who are also on that level of care.”
In mid-December, Glenbeigh will complete its second renovation project: a 7,000-square-foot extended-care residence for women that will add 16 more beds to the hospital's capacity. Weston-Hall says the residence “is like a big house,” providing residents with semi-private bedrooms, a great room, laundry facilities, and a kitchen area with connecting patio.
The project required the support of State Sen. Capri Cafaro and State Rep. Deborah Newcomb; realizing the effectiveness of long-term addiction treatment, they helped Glenbeigh secure a $500,000 state capital grant. “They recognized the need for additional beds for treatment services and were willing to help us,” Weston-Hall says.
While the renovations have focused on upgrading the facility's interior, the architects, through creative design, were able to bring the beauty of Glenbeigh's external campus indoors.
“The architects did a wonderful job of bringing some of the outside into the internal setting by using huge windows overlooking the ponds and fountains,” says Weston-Hall.
“They really maximized the beauty of our setting by allowing patients-whether they're in the lecture room, dining room or fitness room-to enjoy the fountains, the green grass, the trees,” adds Seech.
Addiction Professional 2010 November-December;8(6):32-33