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Temple Hospital revamps Episcopal Campus to better serve people with substance use, mental health disorders

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Temple University Hospital’s Episcopal Campus in Kensington is undergoing a $12 million expansion that includes a new outpatient clinic for people with substance use disorders and improvements to its emergency department and crisis response center.

The hospital’s emergency department will add 10 treatment bays, bringing its total to 29, as part of a $5.6 million project. The crisis response center will triple its space with a $7 million redesign that will enable the facility to better respond to its 12,000-plus annual patient visits and increase the number of patients it can treat for behavioral health needs at any given time. The new outpatient clinic for people with substance use disorders opened recently.

As Philadelphia and the rest of the country continues to grapple with concurrent crises in addiction, mental health and homelessness, Temple’s growth at its Episcopal campus – in the heart of the city’s open-air drug market – will enable the health system to better meet the complex behavioral health and emergency medical needs of its community, directors at Temple Health said.

The Episcopal Campus emergency room draws patients mostly from the surrounding neighborhoods. It handles more than 40,000 annual visits for everything from chest pain to gunshot wounds to drug overdoses.

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