Butler Hospital to open new patient care center

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Butler Hospital is close to opening a new $16 million patient care center that will allow it to expand its psychiatric and substance abuse treatment care.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joined hospital officials Wednesday to dedicate the new Riverview Building in Providence.

The 48,000-square-foot facility includes a new admissions center that is more than twice the size of Butler’s existing admissions area. It also includes a new 26-bed treatment unit for adult patients. The expansion will allow Butler to expand its licensed bed capacity to 143.

The new building is scheduled to open next month.

Butler Hospital President Patricia Recupero says the state-of-the-art psychiatric facility will reduce wait times for patients in need of inpatient care.

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