Upgraded Unit Unveiled at SAMC

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The Southeast Alabama Medical Center unveiled a newly renovated and expanded unit today.

The behavioral medicine unit is now on 2 floors instead of one.

The unit offers programs for adults with mental health and emotional issues.

A program within the unit was also display today, the geriatric behavioral unit.

It's located on the second floor of the north tower and designed for patients 65 years or older also with mental health issues.

The project took more than a year to complete.

“So many people in America right now they don’t see mental illness as an illness. Mental illness is just like diabetes; if you don’t treat it you'll get worse and get worse and you’ll have end of life issues. They deserve the best like everyone else does,” said the director of behavioral medicine, Karen Pybus.

Officials expect to begin housing patients in the new unit next week.

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