NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Trident Medical Center is hosting an event Thursday to celebrate progress at the new behavioral health hospital being built, and also to raise awareness of the lack of mental health services available, according to the Vice-President. president of the centre’s public relations and communications.
Trident Medical Center is building a new 60-bed freestanding behavioral health hospital that is expected to be completed in early summer 2023 and will be the first of its kind in the Lowcountry in more than 30 years.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 700,000 South Carolina residents reported a mental health issue in 2020, with nearly 200,000 diagnosed as serious.
Dr. Kenneth Perry, who works in the emergency department at Trident Medical Center, says the lack of outward visibility for mental health patients makes it harder to understand the problem.
“The patient who has a heart attack looks so sick that it’s very easy to see that he’s sick, or the patient with a broken bone usually has a deformity and it’s very easy to see,” said said Dr. Perry. “The mental health patient doesn’t look any different. It’s so hard for people to understand when patients have mental health issues. So it’s really important that we have the right facilities and providers to support patients, whatever their mental health needs.
The new facility will provide inpatient and outpatient services for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on March 3. at 3445 Ingleside Blvd, Ladson, SC, about 2 miles from Trident Medical Center.
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