Haven Behavioral Hospital set to open new unit in Reading


Haven Behavioral's plans to expand its hospital in downtown Reading are nearly complete.

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania, located on Penn State Health St. Joseph's downtown campus at North Sixth and Walnut streets, announced Tuesday that it will open its new Skyline Unit next Monday, March 18.

Officials said the newly expanded fourth floor will provide a therapeutic environment for adults in need of inpatient behavioral health treatment services.

"Opening this new unit will allow us to further advance our mission of partnering with communities and families to improve the lives of those we serve," said Dr. Mark Putnam, Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania's medical director. "Our specialized treatment plans and uniquely qualified health care professionals ensure that patients will have the best chance at a sustained recovery."

The plans for the $1.73-million expansion were first announced nearly a year ago by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who lauded the hospital's creation of 38 full-time jobs.

Wolf said the state will provide Haven Behavioral with $114,000 in job creation tax credits once the new jobs are in place.

Haven Behavioral also gave credit to Dr. Edward Michalik, administrator of the Berks County Office of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, saying that without his support, the expansion would not have been possible.

"Our partnership with him and his staff have made it possible for us to create a clinical program that is designed to help our patients heal in a safe, respectful and stigma-free environment," said Bob Scheffler, Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania's market CEO.

Haven provides inpatient psychiatric stabilization and treatment to patients 18 years of age and older who are experiencing acute symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorder, and psychosis. It also treats people with other medical conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease.