Hampton, VA – A ceremonial groundbreaking on August 11 signaled the start of construction on Riverside Behavioral Health Center’s 17,395 square foot addition to the facility. Hampton city officials gave final approval for plans the prior week. The $3.6 million expansion will allow Riverside Behavioral Health Center to care for additional adult psychiatric patients and child/adolescent patients at its current location on Executive Drive in Hampton.

The expansion is in response to increased demand for services to care for acute psychiatric patients and residential services for children and adolescents with psychiatric problems. The additional square footage will allow the psychiatric facility to add 18 additional beds to its existing 125 beds.

“We’re pleased to be able to move forward on our expansion plans,” said Debbie Tanner, administrator at Riverside Behavioral Health Center. “The services are needed. Demand is there. Now we can work toward meeting this important community need.”

Hospital officials hope to complete construction by early 2006. Riverside Behavioral Health Center is the Peninsula’s only psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment hospital, focusing on providing timely, clinically appropriate and cost-effective mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. The facility offers inpatient, outpatient and residential services.

Riverside Behavioral Health Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. Riverside Health System acquired the facility from Hospital Corporation of America in 2000.

Published: August 11, 2005