St. Jay hospital breaks ground on new expansion

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is breaking ground to expand options for people in a mental health crisis.
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 6:27 AM EDT
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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury is breaking ground on a project that will expand its mental health offerings.

Hospital leaders say the emergency department is getting upgraded and expanded to help care for people in crisis. They say the pandemic and economic recession negatively affected people and families and increased the prevalence of people experiencing mental health issues and that short staffing created long wait times for patients.

The changes will include a new mental health support area in the emergency department.