Steward Adds 70 New Behavioral Health Beds to System in 2014

30 New Geriatric Psychiatry Beds Coming Online in December at Carney Hospital and New England Sinai Hospital

Steward Health Care System LLC (Steward), the largest private provider of inpatient behavioral health services, has added 70 new behavioral health beds to the system in 2014. This includes 15 geriatric psychiatry beds at Carney Hospital in Dorchester and another 15 geriatric psychiatry beds at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton coming online in December.

“We recognize the need for more inpatient behavioral health beds and better coordination of behavioral health services,” explained Justine Carr, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Steward. “As an accountable care organization, we are able to make these investments and expand services while other systems still operating in the traditional fee-for-service model are struggling to maintain the same level of behavioral health services.”

Since 2010, Steward has invested more than $25 million in capital expenses to address the behavioral health needs of the communities it serves. This includes a 20% increase in the number of behavioral health beds added to the Steward system this year. Steward has also invested additional resources to support quality, safety and patient experience initiatives.

“We are committed to providing care to our patients in the communities where they live,” added Dr. Carr. “While the Commonwealth and others have cut back, we are expanding critical services that our patients need.”

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated community care organization and community hospital network in New England. Headquartered in Boston, Steward is the third largest employer in MA with more than 17,000 employees in more than 150 communities. Steward is comprised of Steward Medical Group, Steward Health Care Network, and Steward Hospital Group. Steward Medical Group provides approximately 1 million patient encounters per year in 152 sites and manages homecare and hospice with 300,000 and 35,000 encounters respectively. Steward Health Care Network, a fully integrated care management company, has 2,800 physicians, with approximately 4 million patient encounters per year and affiliates or joint ventures with 22 UrgiCenters. Steward’s Hospital Group includes Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Holy Family-Haverhill Campus, Morton Hospital in Taunton, Quincy Medical Center and New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Medical Group and Steward Home Care. Further information is available at www.steward.org.

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