Support for mental health care has never been more critical with an increased length of stay and higher levels of acuity across our inpatient units, and an increased demand for our outpatient mental health programs. It is our Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency that is often the first point of care for mental health patients who are in crisis across all generations and communities. In order to meet these needs, we know we have to expand our Emergency Department footprint, and we couldn’t think of any more clear messaging than “We Need More Space”. We are establishing a dedicated Mental Health Emergency Services Unit and expanding our Ambulatory Unit to meet the growing needs of the communities we serve. I invite you to learn more here.
One of my letters last year was written around Easter time with some photos of traditions recalled and gatherings on hold. Unfortunately, this is the second Easter and Passover that we won’t be able to mark in our usual manner, but it will be celebrated none the less in new ways and traditions, perhaps with new hobbies or activities that have been perfected over the pandemic lockdown. My latest is Pickleball (yes it is a real thing) played outdoors against my husband on our quiet street with the familiar shout of “car” to signal the need to move the net. I think I am pretty good, but I imagine my father would beat me if he were still around (he took it up in his 80s) given his masterful lifetime of table tennis and golf.
It isn’t how hard you whack the ball, but the tactics employed to get it to the right spot –kind of a lesson in there somewhere I think.
Take care of yourselves and stay safe,
President & CEO