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Oregon State Hospital showcases new treatment wing

Patient bedrooms were designed with comfort and safety in mind. Patients will have one roommate, and each room has its own bathroom and shower, wardrobe and desk.

More than 600 friends, family and community members got a behind-the-scenes look at Oregon State Hospital's newest patient living and treatment wing — Trails — during an open house July 29.

The open house provided an opportunity for the public to tour the recently completed facility before more than 200 patients move in on Aug. 16. The self-guided tour took visitors through patient bedrooms, common areas, activity rooms, outdoor courtyards, the kitchen, dining hall, and the treatment mall, where patients go each day for group therapy and a variety of other activities.

Common areas provide patients with a place to relax, play games or watch TV. For many patients, the common room allows them to work on positive social skills and effective communication with other patients and staff.

Hospital staff and leadership were on hand to answer questions and provide information about how the new hospital will enhance patient treatment and recovery.

"This was a great event," OSH Superintendent Greg Roberts said. "It's a wonderful chance to demystify the hospital and teach the public about the great work we do here at OSH."

Patients will eat all of their meals in the dining hall. In the old hospital, meals were delivered to and eaten on the units. Now patients are provided with more choices for each meal, and have an area to socialize with staff and each other.

Trails was designed with treatment, comfort and safety in mind. One important improvement is the increased opportunities for patients to make their own choices, whether it is choosing among treatment options, how to spend their free time or even the food they eat. In addition, each patient will have only one roommate and each room has its own bathroom, compared to the old building where patients might have up to five roommates and share a communal shower. There are also six outdoor quads, providing additional space for activities, exercising and socializing.

"It seems to be a very caring environment," said visitor Gina Garrett. "It's encouraging to see where Oregon is going with mental health treatment."

The hospital has opened in phases as each new section has been completed, and Trails is the second of three planned patient units. The three-story structure contains nine units, two treatment malls and two dining halls.

Trails will house the community rehabilitation program. Patients will transfer there after receiving their initial assessment and treatment in the Harbors admissions and stabilization program.

Construction on the hospital's third patient wing is under way and scheduled to be complete near the end of 2011. It will be home to two programs: Bridges, which will serve patients who are preparing to transition back to the community, and Springs, which will serve patients who have dementia and developmental disabilities. Patients will begin moving in early 2012.