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Glenbeigh opens new doors

October 22, 2012
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Responding to increased demand for addiction treatment, Glenbeigh has unveiled a new men’s extended treatment facility.   A formal ribbon cutting ceremony for friends of Glenbeigh took place on Friday, Oct. 19. 

“Glenbeigh began a journey 31 years ago when we opened our doors.  A journey that would bring us here today celebrating the opening of our new men’s extended care facility.  Extended care, when offered in a residential environment, has been proven to be an effective resource to help those beginning their personal journal in recovery.  Today, I am honored to stand here at the opening of this new facility – a place where patients can establish a solid foundation in sobriety,” remarked Pat Weston-Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Glenbeigh at the ceremony. 

“We are extremely proud and grateful to be celebrating this milestone, which we achieved with the support of our wonderful staff, referents, and friends whose dedication to Glenbeigh and its mission is demonstrated on a daily basis,” Weston-Hall said.

“It is important to recognize the outstanding generosity of all the donors who made this dream of extended care a reality.  Every donation, every grant, every event attended, helped build this facility.  I’d also like to recognize the Appalachian Regional Commission for an auxiliary project grant that improves our infrastructure – allowing us to grow,” she continued.

The new Men’s Extended Treatment Facility is a mirror image of the 6,900 square-foot women’s extended residence which opened in January 2011, and serves as a bridge from acute treatment to home.  It is a completely new 16-bed facility with spacious gathering areas for the men to socialize, bedrooms and counselor offices.

The large kitchen in the back of the facility is surrounded by windows that look out to the nature scenes and allow the light to pour in.  From the kitchen, residents can access an outdoor patio that holds 3 tables.  The furniture in the living room is a soft blue color with wooden legs, and the floors throughout the building are hardwood. 

The facility, which will treat patients 18 and older, and had a cost of $1.2 million in construction, is located on the main Glenbeigh campus in Rock Creek, but is separate from the main hospital.  Weston-Hall says that this allows the men a little more independence, although she notes that there is 24-hour supervision and staffing.

On the topic of a gender-specific treatment center, Weston-Hall believes this form of treatment is beneficial because it “allows each gender to be more focused on their addiction and what they’re here for.”  She acknowledges that it sometimes can be distracting to have mixed groups and also says that the patients won’t be as open if there’s men and women in the group.  Additionally, she says “it reduces the likelihood of romantic relationships, which are counterproductive in inpatient treatment.”

She is glad to offer a new treatment facility because she understands the demand for treatment.  “There’s a tremendous need.  We’re seeing a 50 percent increase in young adults 18-25 seeking treatment and many of them need long-term care in order to be successful in recovery,” she said.

Also present at the ribbon cutting ceremony was Mike Habowski, ACMC Healthcare System President and CEO.   “I’m impressed by how the quality of Glenbeigh’s care is spread by word of mouth, sweeping to people across the country; from Maine to Hawaii and from Florida to Alaska.  What is even more impressive is how the word is spreading overseas,” he said.

He spoke about the reputation of the organization, saying that “the entire Glenbeigh staff embraces the caregiver philosophy and provides quality care.” 

 “I am extremely proud of Glenbeigh and the outstanding work you do, and I’m proud to say that Glenbeigh is part of the ACMC Healthcare System,” he added. 

Another professional congratulating Glenbeigh on its latest accomplishment was Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro.   “The demand [for treatment] is sadly too high.  We need to make sure that folks are not deprived of their ability to get access to treatment simply because limitations placed from their insurance companies or financial limitations.  This is an illness that strikes everyone- rich, poor, young, old- regardless of race, creed, gender – it does not matter.  Addiction is pervasive and we are blessed to have Glenbeigh in our midst.”