By STACY MILLBERG

Staff Writer

smillberg@starbeacon.com



ROCK CREEK -- Glenbeigh Hospital and Outpatient Centers kicked off the celebration of its 25th anniversary with a ground breaking ceremony for its $4.2 million expansion of the facility.

The 22,000 square foot expansion represents Glenbeigh's response to the growing demand and need for chemical dependency treatment in the region, said Pat Weston-Hall, CEO. The expanded facility will address Glenbeigh's most urgent needs, including 25 new residential beds, an enlarged dining area, an expanded parking lot, a new fitness center to facilitate patients' necessary exercise programs, a new front entrance and lobby, new kitchen facilities, a new service entrance, an office and group room complex, a patient education center and a patient meditation area.

The patient education center is a key element for a patient's recovery as they spend 31 hours a week in education. The center will also include a computer lab so a patient's treatment can be individualized, Weston-Hall said.

"This is a really special time for Glenbeigh," Weston-Hall said. "We are very proud to renew our commitment to recovery."

The goal is ambitious, she said, with project completion slated for December.

"While this project reaffirms our commitment to the future of chemical dependency treatment, it also celebrates our past achievements," Weston-Hall said.

This will mark Glenbeigh's second expansion in the past two years. The last expansion consisted of an additional 7,000 square feet, which was outgrown within about nine months, she said.

More than 25 percent of Glenbeigh's patients travel more than 100 miles to access inpatient care. Weston-Hall said when they finish treatment, Glenbeigh also helps them make the transition back to their home life.

"In a way it's sad we have to expand, but it's good we have a place like Glenbeigh to help people," said Tina Staslewski, Ashtabula County Medical Center business development director.

Eleanor Jammal, president of the Glenbeigh Board of Directors, commended Weston-Hall and her staff for the outstanding job they continue to due on a daily basis.

"We are all very proud of what Pat and her staff have done here," she said. "I'm thrilled we have this occasion and also we can recognize the 25 years of growth."

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