Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital Hosts Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Several hundred guests, including community leaders, legislators and media, attended the Dec. 13 grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, a new 100-bed freestanding behavioral health hospital in New Lenox. The event featured former Chicago Bears quarterback and Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, who spoke about his struggles and experiences with depression following a successful 15-year career in the NFL.
“With the completion of this facility, we hope to provide resources to individuals, family members, friends, and the community at large for addressing mental health conditions and improving quality of life,” said Silver Oaks CEO Scott Hullinger. “For those of you who aren’t aware, more than 1,000 Illinoisans die each year by suicide. For every completed adult suicide, there are an estimated 25 attempts; those rates continue to rise with each passing year. These numbers are staggering and represent one of the many reasons this facility was built.”
One in four Americans today experience behavioral health difficulties, yet only half seek treatment. Without treatment, these problems can affect relationships, performance at work or school, or even the ability to complete everyday tasks and functions.
Using evidence-based behavioral health services, Silver Oaks will offer inpatient, day hospital and intensive outpatient programs. As a community service, the hospital will provide mental health assessments 24/7 at no charge.
Silver Oaks will provide treatment for a full range of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorder; bipolar disorder/manic bipolar disorder; depression; substance use (alcohol, illegal drugs and the improper use of prescription or over-the-counter medications); post-traumatic stress disorder; and psychological trauma and abuse.
“It’s always wonderful when there is a vision, and the vision turns into a plan, and a plan turns into reality,” said Silver Cross Hospital President/CEO Ruth Colby. “The Silver Cross Board of Directors had the vision to address the mental health needs of this community. Our management team took that vision and created a plan and identified US HealthVest as the best partner. now US HealthVest has turned that plan into a reality.”
Dire Need for Mental Health Services
According to the 2016 Will County Community Needs assessment, mental health has been identified as the top unmet need year after year. Area emergency rooms and jails are filled with people waiting for placement. In fact, 70% of healthcare providers surveyed said they refer people with mental illnesses to local emergency departments because of access issues.Despite massive community outreach efforts, heroin claimed the lives of 70 victims in Will County in the last year alone.
“We have a common interest in that we accept all patients without regard to insurance or lack of insurance,” said Dr. Richard Kresch, psychiatrist and President and CEO of US HealthVest. “So no patient in need of care, who meets admission criteria, will ever be turned away from this hospital.”
Silver Oaks is expected to open in early 2019. For more information, visit www.silveroaksbehavioralhospital.com