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Coming Soon: New Behavioral Health Center at Duke Regional Hospital

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
By Susan Gallagher
Duke Behavioral Health Center North Durham

Aerial view of expansion/addition as of late October 2020This coming spring, Duke Regional Hospital will complete a $102.4 million emergency department expansion and behavioral health addition—the hospital’s largest construction project and expansion since opening its doors in 1976.

The two-year project will bring together inpatient, outpatient and emergency behavioral health services as part of a 112,000-square-foot centralized behavioral health center, consolidating services from Duke University and Duke Regional hospitals. Duke Behavioral Health Center North Durham will include:

  • A 42-bed inpatient behavioral health unit with all private rooms
  • A behavioral health emergency department with 18 private rooms
  • One of the outdoor courtyards as of late October 202030 outpatient behavioral health clinic rooms (an increase from the current 11 rooms)
  • An electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) suite (relocated from the Duke South clinics) 
  • More group therapy space and two outdoor courtyards

In addition, the expansion will:

  • Increase private rooms in the emergency department from 36 to 49
  • Double the Clinical Decision Unit from six to 12 private rooms
  • Incorporate an exercise room, an outdoor meditative courtyard, natural light, a dedicated family visitation room and other accommodations designed to enhance the patient experience

Schematic illustration of building interiorAt the Spring 2018 groundbreaking ceremony, A. Eugene Washington, MD, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of Duke University Health System, said:

This project is a concrete example of working together to improve the lives of individuals and all of the communities we serve. Our patients, their families and their loved ones are why we’re here. Because of them, we are gathered here today fulfilling our mission and fulfilling our commitment to them to provide the highest-quality, patient-centered care.

As of late October, the drywall is nearly complete, ceilings are wrapped in most of the building, painting is 25 percent complete and flooring is 20 percent complete.

“This new facility will enable us to increase access to top-notch integrated behavioral health care for people in our community, as well as provide a beautiful space to welcome our patients and their loved ones.” 

“We couldn’t be more excited about Duke Behavioral Health Center North Durham,” said Moira Rynn, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. “This new facility will enable us to increase access to top-notch integrated behavioral health care for people in our community, as well as provide a beautiful space to welcome our patients and their loved ones.”