Franklin hospital clears first hurdle to opening new beds for psychiatric care
A plan to open 10 new beds for inpatient psychiatric care at Franklin Regional Hospital cleared its first hurdle yesterday, receiving a designation of “not subject to review” from the state Health Services Planning and Review Board.
The board oversees inpatient health care projects that carry more than $1 million in construction costs. The hospital expects to spend about $780,000 in upgrades to security and accessibility of the former obstetrics unit.
The project is slated to open Oct. 1 and would increase the available inpatient community hospital psychiatric beds in the state from 8 to 18. In 1998, there were 101 such beds available.