State officials and members of the mental health community celebrated the opening of the $302-million Department of Mental Health (DMH) Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) today.
The 302-bed, 428,000-square-foot facility is the state's largest non-transportation construction project.
According to the Patrick administration, the state-of-the-art design is a model that fosters recovery and rehabilitation. It includes a 260-bed adult hospital, a 30-bed adolescent inpatient facility and 30 adolescent-intensive residential treatment beds.
"The new state-of-the-art Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital marks an important shift in how we deliver mental health services. WRCH's innovative and revolutionary design continues our commitment to ensure that all residents have access to quality, affordable health care," said Gov. Deval Patrick.
General obligation bonds provided through the Legislature provide the $302 million in capital funding for construction of the hospital, whose construction is LEED certified.
The project is managed by Division of Capital Asset Management and construction is managed by Gilbane Inc.
DMH will close the current Worcester State Hospital and distribute its 626 continuing-care beds across its other facilities as WRCH becomes fully operational over the next several months.
As the state intended to move most of its patients to WRCH, Patrick had vetoed a budget item last month to keep the Taunton State Hospital open. But the Legislature later overrode the veto, keeping the hospital open for now.