In March, Arbour-HRI Hospital, sustained fire, smoke and water damage resulting from a patient-related incident. While the minor incident occurred on one of four inpatient units, there was extensive water damage to lower level floors as a result of the activated sprinkler system. Affected areas included one inpatient unit, cafeteria, administration and two of the partial hospitalization programs.

Over the past weeks, staff worked diligently on renovations, repairs, and upgrades to these areas including new ceilings, floors/carpeting and walls and furnishings. Given that the hospital was to be closed to new inpatient admissions, administration took the opportunity to make upgrades to patient units throughout the hospital. Rooms were painted, bathrooms upgraded and other renovations were done to improve safety and add amenities. Nurse stations were redesigned for improved functionality for staff and patients.

During the renovations, two of the PHPs (general adult and Triangle/GLBT) remained open in the adjacent Beacon School while the women’s program was temporarily moved off-site. The Women’s PHP is anticipated to be back on campus by mid-June.

During this downtime, staff participated in a series of education and training programs including programs on suicide assessment, crisis prevention intervention, sensory integration, service excellence and other topics. While the incident impacted the entire hospital community, Arbour-HRI’s team worked together to re-open with enhancements for both patients and staff.

“I want to thank our staff for an outstanding job,” said CEO Pat Moallemian. “They evacuated our patients in a calm and orderly manner and met the patients’ needs under the most trying of circumstances.

“I also want to recognize the EMTs and fire department for their quick response and willingness to work until the job was done. Further, our contractors and contract management company were fantastic. They immediately began working and turned out a great product.”