Vermont Business Magazine Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked the Brattleboro Retreat as number 14 on its 2014 list of the 15 largest behavioral health providers in the United States.
The rankings are reflective of net patient revenue in 2012 based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Cost report data. This is the first time the Retreat has appeared on the list.
The Retreat’s net patient revenue in 2012 was $53 million. Though not captured in the report, that number increased an additional nine percent in 2013.
“The Retreat’s unprecedented growth over the past six years is the result of a host of initiatives including the launch of several innovative new programs, significant investments in facility upgrades, and collaborative new partnerships with both private and public agencies,” said Robert E. Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “We have also seen an increase in the demand for mental health and addiction treatment services, and as long as this trend continues we are committed to expanding our capacity to meet that need.”
The Brattleboro Retreat’s growth has included the launch of several specialty programs to meet the unique needs of specific patient populations. In 2009 the hospital launched its Uniformed Service Program (a partial hospital program designed for police, fire, military, and other uniformed professionals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other duty-related problems) and a new 15-bed inpatient program for adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, and in partnership with Vermont’s Department of Mental Health who provided the funding, the Retreat built a brand new, state-of-the-art, 14-bed unit to provide care of some of Vermont’s most acutely ill psychiatric patients. The unit opened in March of 2013.
In the second half of 2013, the Retreat opened two new specialty programs—a 14-bed inpatient unit for Emerging Adults (ages 18—26), and an outpatient pain management program called the Mind-Body Pain Management Clinic, which provides clients with medication-free approaches to managing chronic pain.
Also in 2013, the Retreat launched a new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont known as Vermont Collaborative Care. This groundbreaking approach to care management integrates the management of mental health and substance abuse services with those of traditional medical care and supports improvements in the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of providing care by treating the “whole person” across all conditions setting the stage for Health Care Reform initiatives.
Along with its growth in admissions, which jumped by 23 percent in 2010 alone, the Retreat has nearly doubled its workforce since 2007 with more than 800 employees currently on its payroll. And to ensure the hospital’s workforce receives up-to-date training and education the Retreat redesigned and expanded its Clinical Education Department.
The Retreat has also invested more than $10 million in capital improvements including a complete remodel of the hospital’s 12-bed Children’s Inpatient unit, the construction of a new secure outdoor courtyard for patients, a fully modernized pharmacy, a new electronic health record, a complete remodel of the cafeteria, new roofing on the administration and adjacent buildings, and the transformation of numerous two-season porch areas into modern, four-season clinical spaces.
Staffed for slightly less than 50 inpatient beds in 2006, the Retreat’s inpatient capacity has risen to 120 beds; and the hospital now runs close to full on most days. Put in terms of patients served, the Retreat had 1,952 inpatient admissions in 2006. In 2013 that number grew to 3,580—a jump of more than 83 percent. More than 5,000 patients received services at the Brattleboro Retreat in 2013 across all programs.
“The Brattleboro Retreat has established itself as world-class psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, and an invaluable partner in Vermont’s mental health care system,” said Bea Grause, president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. “I know we can count on the Retreat to continue to lead as Vermont works to improve its system of care for individuals facing mental health challenges.”
The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Recognized as a national leader in the treatment mental illness and addiction, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.
Source: Brattleboro Retreat, April 21, 2014. Photo courtesy of Brattleboro Retreat.