Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Bridges of Hope

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Bridges of Hope

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When the Bridges of Hope treatment center opened its doors in February, many in the community were already familiar with its location. The addiction treatment center is housed on the same campus in Anderson, Ind., that used to serve as an office and recording studio for Sandi Patty, an Grammy-award winning Christian music artist.

"The building has got some history to it," says Carl JL Waterman, the chief executive officer for Bridges of Hope.

While the facility is no longer used as a house of music, its existing buildings and the serene outdoor space beside a lake made it the ideal setting to become a house of healing.

Waterman says once his organization purchased the property, architects and designers did a complete renovation to transform the existing space into a functional 29-bed residential adult treatment center complete with areas for medical detox, equine therapy, hypnotism, art therapy, yoga, 12-Step meetings and therapy rooms.

"We were blessed to find a building that suited our needs and beyond that," says Karl Lazar, director of operations.

The former barn that housed Patty's tour buses has now become a full gymnasium complete with treadmills, cardio equipment, free weights and a full basketball court. Lazar says the treatment center also included space for other leisure activities such as ping pong and pool tables.

THREE PARTS

At the main building, the center removed office cubicles to create bedrooms and treatment rooms. The facility now can be divided into three parts. The first part of the building is the living quarters. Here, the medical detox bedrooms are located closest to the medical wing and nurses stations in case there is an emergency. Lazar says the only way to get to the women's wing from the men's wing is by going through one closely monitored hallway, which adds to the security and safety of the design.

"We have a separate lounge that is strictly for detox patients so that a residential client may not be triggered by somebody who is going through withdrawal," Lazar says. …

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