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Dix patients to move to new hospital next month

Posted September 18, 2008

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— Adult patients at Dorothea Dix Hospital will begin moving to Central Regional Hospital in Butner on Oct. 1, state officials said Thursday.

The moves will occur over eight days. Hospital staff, patients and families will be notified of details over the next few days, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dempsey Benton said.

“I am satisfied that the time has come to move forward with completing the merger of Dorothea Dix Hospital and John Umstead Hospital into the new Central Regional Hospital,” Benton said in a statement. “It is our conclusion, as well as that of an independent outside reviewer, that the merger is not only safe, but poses fewer risks than leaving the facilities as separate entities.”

Officials had delayed moving patients several times over the past year to address safety concerns at the new hospital.

The move to Butner will be completed in stages, starting with the geropsychiatry and research units on Oct. 1. All new patients in the long-term care unit, or CTU, will go directly to CRH after Oct. 1, and current Dix CTU patients and staff will be moved on Oct. 6-7.

The final group to move will be the Dix medium and maximum forensic unit, which is scheduled for Oct. 8.

About 170 patients will be relocated, and 136 children and adolescent patients will remain at the Dix campus awhile longer.

Planning has been under way for several months to assure that patients’ needs are addressed and that the move is being undertaken with maximum safety conditions, Benton said.

A 60-bed Dix-Wake County unit on the Raleigh campus will become operational at the completion of the transition of Dix patients to the new Granville County hospital, he said. The unit is expected to have a staff of 175 and will be located in the McBryde Building on the Dix campus.

CRH has been occupied and in operation since July 21, when 200 patients and staff from Umstead Hospital in Butner moved into the new facility.

As of Oct. 1, all adult admissions will be sent to CRH, Benton said. The Dix child and adolescent unit will remain open until renovations are completed to house the unit at the CRH campus, which is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Whether a patient is treated at the Wake unit or at CRH in the future will depend on his or her physical and mental condition, the home area of the patient and the travel distance for the patient and the patient’s family, he said.

A shuttle service for about 170 Raleigh-based employees will also begin on Oct. 1. It will run between Raleigh and Butner several times a day and will initially be free for staff.

“The shuttle will leave the Dix campus one hour and 15 minutes before the start of a shift and will leave the Butner campus 15 minutes after a shift ends,” Benton said.

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  • hdonthefarm Sep 18, 2008

    Manofjustice - HUH? Are YOU insane?? Whatever, I'm glad I'm out of it. Just a matter of time before the new hospital ends up like Cherry and Broughton, losing accreditation. Where do they find these alleged administrators? I've got 25 years experience as a psych nurse but I'll never risk my license by going back to work at a state hospital.

  • terrie Sep 18, 2008

    CRH Campus......what they don't tell you is the plan is to move children and adolescents into the OLD John Umstead hospital which has areas without heat and air conditioning. There are no facilities suitable for working with children and adolescents or educating them. They are being shoved back into a dark corner and forgotten about. Believe me, Dix looks like a palace compared to where they kids will end up.

  • terrie Sep 18, 2008

    "The Dix child and adolescent unit will remain open until renovations are completed to house the unit at the CRH campus, which is scheduled for Dec. 1."
    CRH Campus......what they don't tell you is the plan is to move children and adolescents into the OLD John Umstead hospital which has areas without heat and air conditioning. There are no facilities suitable for working with children and adolescents or educating them. They are being shoved back into a dark corner and forgotten about. Believe me, Dix looks like a palace compared to where they kids will end up.

  • manofjustice Sep 18, 2008

    I think Dix is making the right move. CRH is a beautiful state of the art facility. The patients will love this place. The beds are very nice and there will be a state of the art kitchen where the patients will work. I wouldn't mind living here myself but my voices don't like it here. Well a few of them but not many. I work here and then I go home. I can't wait to come back the next day.

  • nic Sep 18, 2008

    It's sad to lose Dix because there are not enough beds at the new hospital to accomodate patients and there are not enough community programs out there for the mentally ill to prevent hospitalization. If you think the waiting lists to be admitted are long now just wait, especially since Dix and CRH are housing many Cherry patients since they lost their federal funding.

  • hdonthefarm Sep 18, 2008

    What are they going to do with the staff that works shifts as far as the shuttle? What about the ones that are forced to work a mandatory overtime shift and left without transportation? Anyway, good luck staffing that new hospital. That's a long commute, especially since a lot of Dix employees live in Johnston county to begin with.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 18, 2008

    Why is it so sad to lose Dix? I understand for the employees, but for patients - they're going to a nicer place.

  • DarnYou Sep 18, 2008

    Bless their hearts, I hope the transition is smoothe.

  • rduguyinral Sep 18, 2008

    It is so sad to lose Dix.