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SBUMC Breaks Ground on Psychiatric Emergency Annex

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From left: Art Flescher, Suffolk County Department of Health Services; Peter Baigent, SBU Vice President of Student Affairs; Robert E. Detor, President and CEO, South Oaks Hospital; Mark Sedler, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, and CPEP Director; Steven L. Strongwater, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital; Robin Krajewski, NYS Office of Mental Health; John Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator; and James L. Tomarken, Commissioner, Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

With more than 150 in attendance, including faculty, staff, and community members, Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) broke ground on its new Comprehensive Emergency Psychiatric Program (CPEP) Annex, a 10,000-square-foot patient care facility that will replace 2,050 square feet of outdated space. The new space will be located adjacent to the Emergency Room on the east side of the Medical Center and is expected to be complete by fall 2011.

SBUMC’s CPEP provides hospital-based, round-the-clock, daily emergency psychiatric care. The program provides an organized system for responding to psychiatric emergencies for evaluation, intervention, treatment, and referral for individuals who need emergency psychiatric evaluation or treatment. The staff is comprised of specially trained psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and nursing assistants who are committed to providing the best emergency psychiatric care.

“The new CPEP Annex will help to meet a growing demand for psychiatric services in Suffolk County and will triple the patient care space available in the existing facility, which has 6,000 visits annually,” said Mark Sedler, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Stony Brook. “The new CPEP design emphasizes an enhanced psychiatric care environment to meet the needs of our patients.”

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