Highlands Hospital to show off renovated behavioral health unit
Highlands Hospital will show off its newly renovated behavioral-health unit on Friday.
An open house is set for 2 p.m.
The inpatient-care treatment center is under the medical direction of Dr. Ahmed Jahangeer and managed by Diana Lowry, director of behavioral health.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the facility will be given.
Michelle Cunningham, chief executive officer at Highlands, said the local hospital has served the behavioral-health needs of the community for more than 30 years.
“We are grateful for the loan granted to us by the USDA,” said Cunningham. “This is one more way to make certain that we are creating an optimal healing environment. This holistic approach keeps the patient feeling at home while keeping a safe environment for their treatment.”
Vickie Meier, director of development, said the behavioral-health staff had significant input and recommendations into the philosophy of care and the environment of the new unit. She said some of the suggestions from staff were to usse healing modalities, such as drum circles, music therapy, art therapy, aromatherapy and healing gardens.
The open house will include a welcome by Bruce Jaynes, chairman of Highlands Hospital board of trustees; a blessing by the Rev. Bob Lubic of Catholic Churches of Connellsville; and a musical tribute by Jesse Lowry.
Speakers will include Tom Williams, Pennsylvania state director, USDA; state Sen. Richard Kasunic; Jahangeer; and Diana Lowry.
Cunningham will give closing remarks.
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