The collaboration between Baptist Health, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and THE PLAYERS Championship Village, Inc. has led to the creation of a new $9 million Behavioral Health and Wellness Unit. This initiative was made possible thanks to the support of donors. The facility, which will officially open its doors on Monday, Feb. 12, has 20 patient rooms, therapeutic music, and ambient lighting to create a sanctuary for children requiring mental health care.
Kendra Wagner, the Interim Director of Behavioral Health, explained that the goal was to provide a comforting space for children. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the need for mental health services for pediatric patients in the Emergency Department. With the new facility, they can expand their capacity to care for children and adolescents requiring hospitalization for mental health conditions.
The construction of the unit began in March of 2023 and it will help reduce wait times for behavioral health admissions by 50% and increase the region’s pediatric behavioral health emergency services by 30%. Allegra Jaros, President of Wolfson Children’s Hospital mentioned that this is a crucial step in addressing the growing need for mental health care services for children. Having a dedicated space for children and their families is a significant advancement in pediatric mental health care.