At a cost of $2.5 million, the facility has been expanded from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet to serve the needs of mentally ill patients around the clock. Teams of nurses and social workers, in conjunction with psychologists and psychiatrists, will be on hand to treat adults and children.
"This day has been a long time coming," said Chris Constantino, Elmhurst Hospital Center executive director. "I am very proud of this newly expanded space and how it will assist us in fulfilling our mandate to provide quality mental-health services to the community."
"The new C-PEP room will ensure that mental health patients can be treated with dignity and respect no matter what their income," added Councilwoman Helen Sears.