The Mississippi Department of Health granted a Certificate of Need (CON) on March 29 for the addition of 18 new psychiatric beds at Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC). “This decision essentially grants permission for the hospital to enlarge its current psychiatric department in order to meet the needs of a growing base of patients seeking these vital services,” said Charlotte W. Dupré, Chief Executive Officer of CMMC.
CMMC applied for the CON from the Department of Health to add 18 licensed psychiatric beds, which will increase the number of available beds to 47. The hospital presently has 20 male and 9 female psychiatric beds. The additional beds will allow the hospital to flex up and down the male and female beds, based on the current census and need.
CMMC plans to move the current beds for geriatric patients in need of unique mental health service, such as depression, and relocate them to another floor, Dupré said. When this move occurs, we will increase our capacity for our geripysch patient population from 11 beds to 20 beds.
“The approval of the CON will allow for enhancement of our existing programs and most importantly, increase Mississippians’ access to mental health services,” said Dupré. “In the new medically advanced setting, our physicians, staff and family members will work together to help our patients regain their ability to enjoy an active, productive life.”