Dozens gathered at the Rutland Regional Medical Center Thursday to celebrate the opening of a new wing for psychiatric services.
The wing will provide six single-patient rooms for long-term care. After the forced closure of the State Hospital in Waterbury after Tropical Storm Irene, patients were sent to the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Now, with construction finished, the new wing can provide rooms to an estimated 125 patients a year.
"This is really to help patients with mental illness receive treatment close to home, even if they are really, really sick. We are happy to do that. We think it is an incredibly important part of our mission to take care of all members of our community," said Tom Huebner of RRMC.
The additional six rooms bring the total number of psychiatric beds to 23. The wing was a state and FEMA-funded project. It cost an estimated $5.4 million and created more than 30 new jobs in the hospital. The wing will officially open Monday and will have two new patients moving in immediately.