New Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital Opens

Expands access to meet growing needs of community

LANCASTER, Pa., June 28, 2018 — Jayne Van Bramer, CEO of Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, today announced the opening of the new behavioral health facility, greatly expanding access to inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment across the region.

A partnership between Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Universal Health Services, the new Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital will serve adolescent, adult and older adult patients. While Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital will have a soft opening and begin accepting patients on July 9, the facility will continue to add programs and services as the need arises.

“The new Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital will address the current and growing need for inpatient behavioral healthcare and will continue serving the community with vital resources well into the future,” said Debbie Osteen, Executive Vice President, UHS and President, Behavioral Health Division. “The excellent team of clinicians and staff hired at Lancaster Behavioral are focused on delivering robust clinical outcomes for patients and their families.”

“Lancaster County’s growing population and greater recognition for mental and physical health care, led us to determine that a hospital dedicated to behavioral health was essential to filling the service gaps that existed in our community,” said Jan Bergen, CEO, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. “This hospital will deliver enhanced treatment options and both inpatient and outpatient services to patients and families throughout our region.”

According to Jayne Van Bramer, CEO of Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, “Our philosophy of treatment embodies the belief that recovery is possible for every person with a psychiatric diagnosis. Providing optimal care for those who choose to heal is a matter of identifying the unique needs of each person, and providing a treatment plan that addresses the whole person, not merely a list of symptoms. Our values to provide strength- and evidence-based, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented care is the difference that sets Lancaster Behavioral apart from other psychiatric hospitals.”
In addition to the general adult unit and dedicated adolescent unit, the new facility will also offer services for treating those with co-occurring disorders on the psychiatric-medical unit, an intensive adult unit to care for those with severe conditions, as well as a women’s trauma unit.

The new 126-bed facility will utilize the latest equipment and industry-recognized procedures to provide a caring environment for each patient while also ensuring the safety of patients and care providers. Each unit dayroom features access to a courtyard with outdoor therapeutic space.

About Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital is a partnership between Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Universal Health Services. The facility will feature Lancaster County’s only dedicated inpatient unit for adolescents, as well as a dedicated women’s trauma unit, for sexual-assault victims or women with a history of traumatic injuries because of domestic violence. The hospital will also offer day-treatment services for adolescent and older adults.

About Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), is a 659-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare). Its membership in Penn Medicine brings together the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community healthcare system.

Outpatient services are provided at Downtown and Suburban pavilions, along with additional outpatient centers and Express and Urgent Care locations throughout the region. Lancaster General Health Physicians is a network of more than 625 physicians and advanced practice professionals across primary care and medical and surgical specialties, at more than 50 offices throughout the region.

Designated four times as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, LGH has been recognized regionally and nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety; and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Pennsylvania’s sixth best hospital in 2017-18.


For more information

Jane Crawford 610-382-4830 [email protected]

John Lines 717-544-5054 [email protected]