3 West (Behavioral Health)
The 3-West construction project, which began mid-July 2015, modernized the unit similarly to other nursing units in the Health Center. It has wood grain floors, soft green tones on the walls and cocoa-colored furniture to help people feel more at home, creating a comfortable space for emotional and mental healing and recovery. Each patient room has a 32-inch flat screen television, which will improve the patients' experience. The 16-bed unit has double occupancy rooms with modern bathrooms; and communal family rooms for single and group activities. All windows were replaced as they were original to the building.
Additionally, there were several new safety features installed. The nurse’s station was moved to create a visual field of all the rooms on the unit, and drop-down ceilings were replaced with a solid ceilng. All equipment is tamper proof and all doors have piano hinges, non-looping door knobs and a new piece of equipment that will sound an alarm if there is more than two pounds of pressure put on the tops of any doors.
The $3.3 million project was completed in phases over 18 months and is awaiting inspection by the Illinois Department of Public Health before it can be occupied. The renovation work on 2 East and West, 3 West and the ENT Clinic is creating 60 full time construction (trades) jobs and the trickle down of 96 other jobs. McCarthy of St. Louis is the general contractor.