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Parkview to open geriatric psychiatric center

Parkview Behavioral Health is designating the third floor of Parkview Hospital Randallia as a treatment center for geriatric psychiatric patients, officials said today.

Parkview Health spent more than $1 million to remodel and furnish the space now called Parkview BridgeWays, spokesman Eric Clabaugh said. The space, which opens Tuesday, consists of 20 private rooms.

Geriatric patients represent about 20 percent of the psychiatric patients Parkview Behavioral Health treats each year. Children, adolescent and adult psychiatric patients will continue to be admitted to the current facility at 1720 Beacon St.

Parkview Behavioral Health employs about 150 and treats more than 4,600 inpatient psychiatric patients each year.

Those who are in the geriatric area are 55 or older. Most are in their 60s, 70s and 80s and have had emotional problems as they age, said Charles Clark, senior vice president of operations for Parkview Behavioral Health.

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