Bradley Hospital Continues to Expand Inpatient Capacity for Children, Teens

December 15, 2015

Teens_1Bradley Hospital has renewed a contract with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) to continue to provide inpatient psychiatric care to children served by BCH. Now entering its second year, the agreement was essential to allowing Bradley to increase bed capacity from 60 to 70, a move that was intended to also benefit Bradley patients and families from across Southeastern New England.

“This partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital is not only great because it allows us to help more children and teens in the greater Boston area who need mental health care, but it has also allowed us to increase our capacity to help children right here in our backyard,” said Dan Wall, Bradley Hospital president.

Last year, nearly 40 Rhode Island families benefitted from the additional beds, and to date more than 80 patients have been successfully referred from Boston Children’s.

“If you are a parent in the midst of a mental health crisis with your child, you understand how critical it is to have a resource like this available immediately and close to home,” said Henry Sachs, MD, chief medical officer at Bradley Hospital. “Families, pediatricians and other providers elsewhere don’t necessarily have this safety net.”

The Children’s and Adolescent Inpatient Programs at Bradley provide care for children from 3 to 18 years old, and offer a total of 45 private and semi-private rooms in small, quiet pods, enabling staff to closely monitor and respond to each patient. Inpatient treatment at Bradley Hospital includes a multidisciplinary care team of psychiatrists, family therapists, psychologists, nurses, pediatricians, nurse practitioners and milieu therapists. Additionally, Bradley’s inpatient programming also features a Medical/Psychiatric Program and the Center For Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD).