The VCU Medical Center’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) is the “new face of behavioral healthcare” per the newest cover feature story from Medical Construction + Design. Conceived as a “pavilion in the park,” VTCC is designed as an inviting, healing facility for children and adolescents – both outpatient and inpatient. It seeks to destigmatize mental health and serve some of the nearly 70,000 children in the state of Virginia in need of such treatment.
The center’s initial inpatient offering of 32 beds will support growth, with the ability to expand to 48 beds to support projected volume. Each self-contained inpatient unit includes 16 beds; an activity zone with treatment, therapy, and recreational areas; a clinician zone; and direct access to secure courtyards and enclosed “backyard” outdoor activity areas.
The full article can be found in the online issue. Here’s an excerpt about its family focus
Patient areas (in the facility) now meet the age-specific special needs of children and adolescents – while also supporting family needs. Patient spaces offer generous window views that look out on gardens, fostering a sense of sanctuary and renewal. Inpatient bedrooms feel like upscale dorm rooms with stylish, comfortable furniture. They feature attached private bathrooms and large window seats that transition to a bed for visiting family members. Soothing music, controlled at nurses’ stations, can be piped into individual rooms.
Patients can also socialize and have fun together in the larger common areas, complete with flat-screen TVs and inlaid game tables. For children, healing happens within the family unit. The building was designed to nurture family relationships and ease interactions throughout the treatment process. Parents have their own restrooms and lounge areas to use while in the facility, and observation rooms let them participation the diagnostic and growth process.