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Legacy Health Lifts Visitor Restrictions at Hospitals - 02/19/15
With a decline in both flu positivity rates and hospitalized patients with flu, Legacy Health is lifting visitor restrictions at all of their campuses. Oregon and SW Washington are also reporting a decrease in flu activity.

Legacy Health reminds people to be aware that the flu season is not over but simply lessened in intensity, so it encourages everyone to continue being diligent in keeping healthy. After getting a flu vaccination, the number one thing a person can do to prevent the spread of the flu is to wash their hands. It is important to remain vigilant in hand hygiene to protect against spreading infection.
Local healthcare providers come together to improve behavioral health care (Photo) - 02/05/15
In an unprecedented collaboration, Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have signed a Letter of Intent to open the area's first comprehensive behavioral health care center in late 2016.

Called the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, the facility will include psychiatric emergency services for people with acute psychiatric crises, as well as an inpatient facility with services for both adults and adolescents.

These psychiatric emergency services are modeled on the successful program at the John George Psychiatric Pavilion in Alameda County, Calif. where 75 percent of the patients are successfully cared for and stabilized in less than 24 hours. Because patients received appropriate treatment without unnecessary waiting, the program is producing better outcomes.

The inpatient facility will include 79 adult and 22 adolescent patient beds. The new center will offer space to organizations providing community behavioral health services allowing patients to plan for support after discharge.

Adventist Health, Legacy Health and OHSU will move their behavioral health inpatient services to the Unity Center for Behavioral Health. It is possible that new jobs will be created with the implementation of this new model.

The center will be located on Legacy's Holladay Park campus following renovations. The cost of the construction is estimated at $50 million. Legacy Health will donate $10 million in real estate and is committed to actively seeking the additional funds from a combination of corporations, foundations, government entities and individual donors.

The next step in the process is the development of a joint operating agreement detailing the management and operations of the facility, including the involvement of local advocacy and peer groups.
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