Summer 2017 Update

The construction of the Neuro-Diagnostic Institute (NDI) and Advanced Treatment Center is well underway.  Since the official groundbreaking of the $120 million behavioral health facility back in August 2016, it is clear the planning and hard work of all parties involved has truly paid off.

Over this past summer, the NDI construction efforts have been occurring on time and under budget. There are two major phases involved with the construction. Phase I is the construction of the Connector Building, which will literally be the connection between the NDI and Community Hospital East (CHE). Phase II is the construction of the NDI tower.

The Connector Building construction is underway and by the end of September 2017, CHE will begin using the Connector for shipping and receiving, trash disposal, and other CHE maintenance activities.  The NDI tower excavation activities began in late June 2017 and are progressing well with concrete foundations already being poured and structural steel on target for installation starting in November 2017.

Not only is the building construction proceeding on schedule, many teams across the other state psychiatric hospitals are identifying areas of improvement to the systems and operations that support the care of patients. These changes and improvements are in progress now to enable all involved staff to understand and internalize the standards of care and processes needed to make the NDI a leader in mental health care.

Alongside work within the state’s psychiatric hospitals, there is extensive ongoing work with NDI’s partner, Community Hospital East. CHE is a key component in the NDI’s ability to provide a new level of care for patients. CHE’s “connected” location enables the NDI to access and share in many services that normally would require additional costs and time to provide care for state mental health patients. This co-location strategy provides a new model for state psychiatric hospitals and their ability to provide efficient and timely care.

Future updates will include video and photos of construction process as well as updates on progress around the systems, processes and tools that will form the model of care for state hospital patients.