Duke Regional Hospital Behavioral Health Expansion and Emergency Department

Durham, North Carolina
A modern, new home for Duke Health's first Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Duke Health’s behavioral health services are being collocated into a state-of-the-art hospital that will provide a continuum of care to patients who may otherwise fall between the gap of inpatient and outpatient care.

As the home of the Duke University School of Medicine’s behavioral health residency program, supervisors can observe and/or record sessions for ongoing training and residents can move efficiently between programs. An Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) procedure suite, connected to Duke’s groundbreaking ECT research, offers inpatient and outpatient treatment in a safe, secure, and dignified environment. Activity spaces and treatment areas are accentuated while nurse care stations are minimized to reduce the feeling of being scrutinized.

The addition creates a central point for patients to access care at multiple levels while enhancing the ability of staff and residents to cross train and collaborate across the care spectrum.
A central zone is located between the male and female units giving patients access to several courtyards. The meditative courtyard is designed for walking, sitting, reading, and outdoor therapy sessions. The active courtyard is designed for sports, running, and exercise. Both provide privacy while allowing access to nature.