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Fulfilling the Promise: A Special Fundraising Initiative for Mental Health Services at El Camino Hospital

Last Updated 7/11/2014 7:32:40 PM

The founders of El Camino Hospital know that mental health is the foundation upon which all our lives are built. It underpins our ability to form relationships and to be productive at work and at home. It impacts our well-being as individuals, the health of our families and by extension that of our communities. That is why original plans for the Mountain View campus included an inpatient facility for patients experiencing acute psychiatric distress, where patients have been receiving compassionate care for more than 50 years.

While other mental health facilities have closed due to declining reimbursement, El Camino Hospital has kept its commitment to provide these services. A leading provider of psychiatric care, the hospital receives 22,000 mental health visits per year through its inpatient and outpatient programs. With 25 inpatient beds, it meets 12% of the demand for acute psychiatric care in Santa Clara County.

In addition, the hospital offers seven outpatient programs on three sites, including several that it pioneered to meet targeted, observed needs in the community. These include ASPIRE, an outpatient therapy program for teens who struggle with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions, MOMS, an outpatient program for new mothers who suffer from perinatal depression, and an addiction services program.

Now half a century old, the current behavioral health building is in serious disrepair and too small to meet the growing demand for inpatient beds. In partnership with schools, employers, primary care providers, payers and other health organizations, the hospital also seeks to help fill the growing gaps in care through the expansion of its outpatient programs.

El Camino Hospital has therefore developed plans to replace the original behavioral health building with a, 50,000 square foot facility. It will have 36 private patient rooms, including a 9-bed specialty unit for women, secure outdoor courtyards, and meeting rooms for outpatient treatment and support groups. The hospital has also made a commitment to expand the reach of its outpatient behavioral health services as it strives to help fill gaps in care in the community. The total investment in this vital community health service will be $50 million.

If you would like to learn more about the project and how you can help make a difference for those suffering from a mental illness, please contact Lindsay Ehrman, senior philanthropy officer, at lindsay.ehrman@ elcaminohospital.org or 650-988-7849 and download A Special Initiative for Mental Health Services at El Camino Hosptial.

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