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Treatment center plans expansion

March 24, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Roxbury Treatment Center plans to double the number of beds in its psychiatric facility in less than a year, officials said this week.

The treatment center in northern Franklin County started working with chemical dependencies in the 1980s and added 26 beds in a psychiatric unit in 2006. A groundbreaking ceremony April 2 will launch construction for an additional 26 beds in the psychiatric unit, spokeswoman Christina Sledzinski said.

"We've been pretty much full since (2006)," she said.

The number of new beds was largely determined by staffing requirements. The expansion should create 25 to 30 new jobs, Sledzinski said.

Additional psychiatrists and nurses will be needed, as well as people in support positions, she said.

Each psychiatric room has two beds.

Roxbury can treat people who have mental health and substance abuse problems, which sets it apart from many other facilities, Sledzinski said.

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Its clientele comes from referrals from family, friends, agencies and hospitals, Sledzinski said. Most of the clients hail from central Pennsylvania, she said.

The average stay is seven to 10 days.

Roxbury's corporate owner, Universal Health Services, felt demand for the additional capacity outweighed any economic concerns, according to Sledzinski.

"We know we'll have patients for these beds. We're turning patients away," she said.

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