Tags: patient safety , community

After years of uncertainty, the Dimock Center in Roxbury has received the funding necessary to rebuild and restore its 18,000-ft inpatient addiction treatment facility—which was by some estimates on the brink of collapse.

As reported in the Boston Business Journal, the funds, totaling $16 million, were collected from the state and Boston hospitals and health care organizations, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ($1 million) and Boston Medical Center ($300,000). Partners HealthCare contributed $500,000 to the vital renovation efforts.

With funding secured, renovations are scheduled to be complete within 15 to 18 months. The new, modern facility will have a bed count of 40, five more than the 35 currently housed at the center. The additional beds will accommodate 1,000 more patients per year, which will in turn free up vital resources around the city.  

"The effort to combat substance use disorders is one of the most important battles that the health care community is currently engaged in," said Dr. David Torchiana, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. "Projects like this, which expand capacity in a community-based setting, represent some of the best strategies we can employ to reduce the devastating impact that substance use disorders have on families in the Commonwealth."

During the renovations, inpatient care will be moved across the street into a temporary care facility.

Please read the full report at the Boston Business Journal.