BELLAIRE, Ohio Belmont Countys only inpatient psychiatric facility, located at Belmont Community Hospital (BCH), is expanding.

The Behavioral Medicine Center at BCH, a division of Wheeling Hospital, is increasing the number of beds from 10 to 16 to provide care to additional patients. It offers acute, short-term, multidisciplinary mental health treatment to adults with psychiatric diagnoses that require stabilization in a 24-hour secured setting.

In collaboration with a highly trained team of health care professionals, individual patient needs are monitored and evaluated, determining the recommended level of care and length of treatment, said John DeBlasis, BCH administrator.

The center routinely treats patients with disorders that present unique care issues. Treatment plans, mental status assessments, depression scales, psychosocial and occupational therapy are all used to care for patients. Family and group therapy sessions also are offered.

Our mission is to provide safe, effective and efficient psychiatric care that will contribute to the total care of the patient and be designed to help the patient regain and maintain his/her maximum degree of health upon returning home, DeBlasis said. We also foster and encourage an atmosphere of compassion conducive to caring for patients.

Treatment at the BCH center is conducted by the team of Neurobehavioral Medicine Consultants, led by Dr. Ali Melhem. The consultants are based in St. Clairsville.

We are fortunate to have a group of this caliber offering this much-needed treatment in our area, said DeBlasis said. By using this team, we are ensuring that even upon discharge our patients will receive a continuum of care.

For more information, call BCH at 740-671-1200.