A new agreement between Riverside Behavioral Health Center and the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board will provide patients with a unique level of coordinated care starting March 2. This partnership consolidates Crisis Stabilization and Acute Inpatient Services on the Riverside Behavioral Health Center Campus with psychiatric physician services provided by the CSB.  This partnership is the only one of its kind in Virginia, according to Debora Tanner, Riverside Vice President and Administrator of Riverside Behavioral Health Center.

"This partnership between Riverside and the CSB will bring a true continuity of medical care to a large portion of our clients and the community" Tanner continued. "It’s an exciting step forward for individuals with behavioral health needs."

As a result of the partnership, CSB Psychiatrists Rudolph Freeman, M.D. and Barnell Phillips, M.D. will provide psychiatric care for acute care patients at Riverside Behavioral Health Center. Additional CSB physicians will be providing inpatient care and weekend coverage over time. The Riverside facility is the region’s only comprehensive behavioral health hospital, offering acute care, residential care and outpatient services.

"We’re very pleased to announce our association with the CSB and its physicians.  Their skills and experience in psychiatric and substance abuse care will be an asset to the Riverside organization," said Cristobal Nogues, M.D., Executive Medical Director at Riverside Behavioral Health Center.

Riverside Behavioral Health Center, an established mental health care provider in Hampton Roads since 1983 provides psychiatric services for children, adolescents and adults. In April 2000, Riverside acquired the 135-bed facility, which has expanded to a 147-bed facility. Last year marked the hospital’s 25th anniversary. Riverside Behavioral Health Center is located at 2244 Executive Drive in the Coliseum Central Business District of Hampton on a private 11.6-acre campus. 

The Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board is one of 40 such entities in Virginia, required by the Code of Virginia and established in 1971 with action taken jointly by the Hampton and Newport News City Councils.


Published: March 2, 2009