Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, a joint venture between CHI Franciscan and MultiCare Health System, opened its doors to welcome patients on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The new $45 million nonprofit hospital will bring transforming healing in behavioral health care for Washington state.
“Our mission is to serve all those in need,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan. “The need for access to behavioral health care and services continues to escalate throughout our state. Together with MultiCare, we recognized our shared responsibility to help address this crisis. Wellfound will serve as a critical resource not only for patients, but for providers and first responders to better assist individuals in need of specialized care and support.”
“We have looked forward to this day for a long time, and we know that Wellfound will have a profound and positive impact on our community by increasing rapid access to behavioral health services,” says Bill Robertson, President and CEO of MultiCare. “Thanks to our partnership with CHI Franciscan we are now able to address the vital need for more inpatient psychiatric beds in our community.”
As the two largest health systems in Pierce County, CHI Franciscan and MultiCare formed a unique joint venture in 2014 called the Alliance for South Sound Health to build and operate the new behavioral health hospital. Wellfound was designed with patient safety, experience and high-quality care at the forefront. Everything from the layout, architecture, calming aesthetics, natural lighting and artwork and nautical theme of the 67,000 square-foot hospital are designed for safety, healing and hope.
The hospital will provide voluntary and involuntary admissions with a focus on general adult psychiatric care for ages 18 and older with common psychiatric conditions such as acute depression, suicidal tendencies, self-injury, mania, psychosis and anxiety. Professional clinicians will treat behavioral health and co-existing secondary medical or chemical dependency conditions.
“Our goal is to provide care at the time it is needed through our highly trained doctors, nurses, licensed therapists and mental health professionals. We are focused on treating the whole person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual states of well-being,” said Maureen Womack, CEO of Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital. “Adults experiencing a mental health crisis will have a safe, calm environment, and comprehensive clinical services to ensure a seamless transition back into the community.”
In the beginning, Wellfound will provide inpatient behavioral care for a limited number of adults, accepting referrals from hospital emergency rooms, first responders, and crisis centers. Individuals and walk-ins will be evaluated by a skilled assessment team to determine the level of care and treatment needed, and based on evaluation, may be admitted pending bed availability. The hospital will open its beds in phases, starting with eight inpatient and six crisis-stabilization beds, with more added over time. When fully up and running, the freestanding, two-story hospital will offer 120 inpatient beds and serve approximately 5,000 patients annually.