open houseEUGENE, Ore. — PeaceHealth celebrated the completion of its new inpatient behavioral health building.

Staff held a ribbon-cutting and open house event Monday morning.

The $13.1 million project will provide 35 private beds, 20 of which are licensed as secure beds compared to eight in the existing unit.

Staff say the new space is not only more secure, but better at providing patients the care they need, both there and for when they leave.

“We actually have a room that is a low stimulation room where patients can go to calm themselves, where there’s an environment that has music or visualization that patients can get in touch with tools that help them to learn how to calm themselves,” said Maryanne McMurren, hospital administrator.

The unit is set to open on Nov. 1.