Highland Hospital has been approved to add 10 additional beds to its detoxification and substance abuse recovery program, Highland Health Center.
The program is a treatment unit that provides medically supervised detoxification for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addition for adults aged 18 and older.
Highland Health Center currently has six beds, but the West Virginia Health Care Authority has approved a certificate of need for an additional 10 beds set for an Aug. 1 expansion date.
Hospital officials plan to renovate existing space in the former Highland Hospital facility to make room for the additional 10 beds. Highland spokesman Jim Strawn said the budget for renovations will not exceed $35,000.
"We are very excited about our opportunity to expand, as the need continues to rise," Deidre Doria, clinical coordinator of the program, stated in a release. "We are just turning away too many prospective patients because we do not have a bed."
Highland Health Center treats patients from all over the state.Highland officials also continue to renovate the former United Hospital Center. When the Highland-Clarksburg Hospital opens later this year, it will have a 25-bed substance abuse unit for adults and a 10-bed substance abuse unit for 13 to 17 year olds.