Chestnut Ridge Hospital Celebrates 20th Anniversary
 Chestnut Ridge Hospital and WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry employees who have been at the facility since it opened include, from left to right in the front row:  Violet Whipkey, R.N.; Deborah Robinson;  Lynn Montgomery; Susan Clayton; Bharati Desai, M.D.; Kathy McCormack, R.N.  Back row, from left to right:  Toni Taylor; Rolly Sullivan, M.D.; Pamela Sullivan, M.D.; James Stevenson, M.D.; Dianne Trumbull, M.D.; Donald Fidler, M.D.; Carol Mainenti.

Chestnut Ridge Hospital has treated patients with mental health problems for twenty years in its location next to West Virginia University’s Ruby Memorial Hospital.  

Chestnut Ridge was one of several major construction projects on the WVU Health Sciences Campus in the late 1980s.  Ruby Memorial was also built during this time period.  Building a stand-alone psychiatric hospital, separate from the main hospital, was a new trend in mental health treatment at that time. 

“Chestnut Ridge Hospital continues to be a vital part of WVU Hospitals,” said Bruce McClymonds, WVU Hospitals President and CEO.  “The breadth of services and the quality of care that patients receive at Chestnut Ridge make it a leader among mental health providers in the state.”

Chestnut Ridge offers inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, including treatment for addictions, memory, thought and mood disorders, as well as specific services for children and adolescents. 

“We offer general and specialty programs that are otherwise hard to come by in the state,” said James Stevenson, M.D., chair of the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry.  “Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit is one example, and our two residential treatment programs for adolescents are another.  We also offer day programs where patients come to the hospital for up to seven hours a day, but are able to go home at night.”   

During the past 20 years, Chestnut Ridge has had nearly 450,000 outpatient visits and approximately 34,000 inpatient visits.    

The hospital serves patients from across the state and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Ramsay Corp. of Australia built Chestnut Ridge Hospital as a separate 70-bed facility, next to Ruby Memorial Hospital.  In 1998 WVU Hospitals purchased Chestnut Ridge from Ramsay Corp., and it remains a part of WVU Hospitals today.   

For more information, visit:  http://www.health.wvu.edu/crh/index.html.

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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ec: 11-13-07

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