Bucks County Herald

Lenape Valley Foundation breaks ground on crisis residential center

From left: Dr. Julie Goldrich, medical director of emergency services, Lower Bucks Hospital (LBH); Linda Grass, CEO, LBH; Alan Hartl, CEO, Lenape Valley Foundation (LVF); Lisa Bodine, board vice-president and campaign co-chair, LVF; Helene Cevasco Mathern, board secretary and campaign co-chair, LVF; and Angela Jacobsen, development director, LVF.

Lenape Valley Foundation (LVF) has broken ground on The Lodge at Lenape Valley Foundation, a new facility to provide residential support for Bucks County residents in the midst of a mental health crisis, on the campus of Lower Bucks Hospital, which straddles Bristol Township and Bristol Borough.

The Lodge is expected to open its doors in the fall.

The need for enhanced mental health services in Bucks County is a mounting challenge for families and communities, and for the health care facilities that serve them. As Bucks County’s leading provider of mental health care, including 90 percent of all crisis services, LVF is taking action to squarely address this need with the establishment of The Lodge, the result of a multi-million dollar capital campaign including a donation from the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation.

“Bucks County, as the fourth most densely populated county in Pennsylvania, does not yet have any crisis residential program,” said LVF Chief Executive Officer Alan J. Hartl. “The Lodge will fill this gap, providing a service to Bucks County residents that is long overdue and that already exists for residents in every other southeast Pennsylvania county and in every other county adjacent to Bucks.”

Hartl indicated that The Lodge will provide an unlocked, home-like setting including programming that supports residents during their immediate crisis while maintaining their community connections and providing tools to manage future crises.

The number of people reaching out to LVF because of a psychiatric crisis has skyrocketed since 2010, now exceeding more than 600 people each month. The Lodge will serve up to 12 residents at any time, likely more than 700 individuals per year.

In addition to a primary serious mental health condition, Hartl expects that many admitted to The Lodge may also struggle with conditions such as substance use, intellectual disabilities, or complex and chronic physical health issues.

Hartl believes that being located on the Lower Bucks Hospital campus will best facilitate quick access to the array of services necessary to treat the continuum of needs.

The newly constructed building that will house The Lodge will also provide expanded office space for LVF’s existing crisis, outpatient, and community outreach programs, further meeting the unmet needs in Bucks County.

Lenape Valley Foundation kicked off a capital campaign to offset the $6.5 million cost of the building. While Hartl hopes for broad community support for the project, he is particularly grateful to the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation for its donation of $450,000.

The Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, headquartered in Ontario, Calif., has ties to Lower Bucks Hospital and 44 other Prime Healthcare hospitals in 14 states across the country. The foundation committed the funding in recognition of the critical mental health needs that The Lodge at Lenape Valley Foundation will address for Bucks County residents.



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