Brattleboro Retreat Unveils Children's Inpatient Program for the 21st Century

(January 18, 2012) The Brattleboro Retreat is proud to announce the re-opening of its12-bed Children’s Inpatient Program following an extensive remodeling project that has resulted in a 21st century, state-of-the art environment of care for children ages 5 to 12 who are experiencing serious psychiatric challenges.

“Our staff is very excited by the move into our newly renovated space,” said Child Psychiatrist Paul Boutin, MD.  “The design elements will allow us to provide care in an enormously child-friendly, calming and comfortable environment.  We’ll also have new opportunities to incorporate sensory interventions into our treatment plans, and to better assure patient safety.”

New design elements include a centrally located nursing station, single bedrooms, an activities/play area, an alternative low stimulation area (ALSA) and a host of safety features ranging from slanted window sills to safety ceiling tiles.

The new space retains features incorporated into the program several years ago including a private family meeting room and a four-season porch where patients can have meals while looking out on the beautiful Retreat Meadows.

Visitors and patients will immediately notice many new child-friendly design elements, which include colorful walls, softly curving architectural lines and built-in seating areas situated in common areas. The program’s main hallway showcases an inviting “Giving Tree” design that makes use of the floor, walls and ceiling by the nursing station to create an indoor canopy that conveys a sense of nature’s beauty and the healing power of the outdoors.

The Brattleboro Retreat’s investment in this project is the first step in a number of infrastructure upgrades that will take place through much of 2012 and will result in equally dramatic improvements to existing clinical areas such as the inpatient program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults scheduled to open in February, the residential program for adolescents, and the new inpatient program for patients formerly served at the Vermont State Hospital.

“The Brattleboro Retreat’s nearly 200-year-old reputation for high-quality clinical care has always been accompanied by the comforting, uplifting environment of our campus and buildings,” said Gerri Cote, vice president of Operations. “These renovations are in keeping with our commitment to preserve the historic beauty of the Retreat while also offering the very latest in 21st century environment of care.”