Nashoba Valley Medical Center Begins Construction on New Geriatric Psychiatric Unit

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


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Nashoba Valley Medical Center recently began construction on a new, $4.7 million in-patient Geriatric Psychiatric unit, which will be dedicated to providing psychiatric hospitalization to adults 55 years of age or older.  The 10,000 square-foot unit will have 16 patient beds, providing 24 hour, 7 days a week, inpatient psychiatric stabilization services. It will create an estimated 20 new jobs in Ayer when it opens in December.


“There is a real need in our area for treatment of this population.” said Steve Roach, CEO, Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “Patients are forced to travel long distances outside of the community to receive Geriatric Psychiatric treatment, which often causes significant stress on patients and their families. Our goal is to help our seniors continue living happy and full lives as they age. We are excited to be able to offer comprehensive medical and psychiatric treatment in a secure environment with private rooms, calming music, soothing colors, art work and activities that are specifically designed with the senior population in mind.”


The in-patient program will care for individuals with any one of a number of acute or chronic or psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to: acute dementia with behavioral problems and those needing medication management, severe depression, anxiety, psychosis, and bi-polar disorder. The scope of services includes crisis intervention, intake, medical and psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, family education, and discharge planning.


Psychiatric disorders affect a large number of seniors. Along with depression and other common conditions, their diagnoses include problems related to progressive physical decline and isolation related to medical issues.


The program promotes wellness and assists both the patient and caregiver with skills and tools helpful in achieving an optimum level of functioning as well as emotional stability while staying in their own community



About Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC), a member of Steward Health Care, offers community-based primary care and specialty services. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy, and general surgery.NVMC also offers a comprehensive Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. To learn more visit or call 978-784-9000.

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Steward Health Care is a community-based accountable care organization and community hospital network with more than 17,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 151 communities. Each hospital and facility within the Steward family, while part of an extensive network of health care providers has its own rich history of providing outstanding, compassionate care right in the communities where patients need it most. Hospitals in the system include Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Morton Hospital in Taunton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Norwood Hospital, Quincy Medical Center, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Medical Group, Steward Health Care Network, Steward Home Care, Labouré College, and Por Cristo.


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