Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic will seek bids today for
construction of a $2.4 million addition to its adolescent care
facility, the hospital's first expansion in more than two decades.
Steve Schaumburg, Parkside director of business development,
noted the hospital now employs a staff of 160 to manage operations
over three buildings around 12th Street and Trenton. This addition
should add another 30 workers, even as it increases Parkside's 48-
bed capacity by 50 percent.
That should help the operation meet a troubling increase in
From January 1 to May 31 this year, our facility had no available
beds for kids needing services on 140 out of 151 days, Schaumburg
Over that last 14 months, he said the hospital - which also
treats adults - received requests for adolescent care that more than
doubled its capacity.
Over that period there were 367 children referred elsewhere
because we were full, he said.
While Tulsa supports three other facilities offering adolescent
mental health care, Schaumburg expects they too faced demand beyond
their capacity. Kathryn Bishop, program director of the Tulsa Center
for Adolescent Treatment at Parkside, said this was a regional
problem that has led patients to their organization not just from
Tulsa or northeastern Oklahoma, but from Ardmore, Lawton, western
prairie communities, Arkansas and Texas.
We wouldn't be doing this expansion if it wouldn't be self-
supporting, said Schaumburg, but the reality is, they wouldn't be
doing this if there wasn't demand.
The center serves the long-term needs of children ages 11-17 who
suffer from mental illness and related disorders. Bishop said the
majority involve depression, bipolar disorder, or mood disorder.
We treat just about every diagnosis you can imagine, said Bishop,
who has been with the hospital for four years. I think we have a
good reputation for success with the kids.
A lot of our kids have been traumatized and abused, she noted,
discussing the difficulties of their work. You listen to their
stories, and it's hard for me to hear their stories, but if you
listen to them, and you can help them, then it's so rewarding.
More than half of these adolescents reside in homes with a total
household income below $10,000 a year. More than 85 percent are on
Schaumburg expects to receive contractor bids in early August in
hopes of choosing a builder to start construction this fall. That
should allow for completion of the 15,000-square-foot addition early
next year. …