Sheridan VA Medical Center
New MHRRTP building open
After nearly 5 years of planning, design and construction the Sheridan VA Healthcare System’s new Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program building is completed. The new building replaces the programs former location and ads nearly twice the square footage. Director Debra L. Hirschman commented at the grand opening that “this new facility gives the Veterans coming to us for treatment room to breathe, relax and focus on getting well.” Veterans moved from the 16,000 square foot location, which housed six patients per room, to the new building that is 28,000 square feet, two patients to a room and new healthy eating kitchen. “Our goal in the new building is to not just have group sessions and a nicer place to stay, but really use the environment to change behavior and provide motivation to change lives. The new teaching kitchen will help the dietitians as they encourage better eating habits because now the patients are able to participate and not just be part of a lecture on healthy eating.” Dr. Mark Mann Chief of Mental Health Services.
200 Veterans and community partners along with staff attended the grand opening on October 2, 2014. The new building replaces an older “fort” era building which was difficult to remodel for patient care needs. The $9.7 million dollar addition to the Medical Center campus is the new crowning jewel of the facility and has set the standard for future remodel and building projects.