Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center Approved to Build Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit in Prince George’s County

(Lanham, Md.) September 23, 2021 - Today, the Maryland Health Care Commission voted to approve Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center’s (LHDCMC) Certificate of Need (CON) application for a 16-bed adult inpatient behavioral health unit in Prince George’s County. 

“We appreciate the Maryland Health Care Commission’s thoughtful review of this project. The comprehensive mental health care facility will provide a setting for patients and families that is secure, private, and dedicated entirely to the comprehensive care and treatment of persons suffering from mental illness right here in Prince George’s County,” said Deneen Richmond, president of LHDCMC.  “These services are critically needed in our community. Today’s positive vote means we can move forward with our plans.”

“Building on the legacy Luminis Health has established with mental health care in Anne Arundel County, this new behavioral health unit on our Lanham campus will allow us to expand these critical services to the nearly one million residents of Prince George’s County,” said Victoria Bayless, CEO of Luminis Health. “We are thankful to the Maryland Health Care Commission and all those who supported this project, particularly Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, the county council and health department, who shared in our common goal to bring these much-needed services to fruition for Prince Georgians. Today is an important step forward for Luminis Health and the community at large.”  

In April, LHDCMC broke ground on the first phase of the mental health facility to include outpatient services and programs thanks to a $20 million grant from Prince George’s County. Across both areas, the new two-story, 31,200 square-foot facility located on the campus of LHDCMC will include inpatient psychiatric care for adults, outpatient therapy and medication management, walk-in urgent care, psychiatric day treatment programs (partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient), family support services, prevention programs, and care coordination with community-based support services.

“We are excited that this critical next step in the behavioral health facility is moving forward, and we want to thank the Maryland Health Care Commission for supporting this project and the behavioral health needs of Prince Georgians,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “We were Prince George’s Proud to partner with Luminis Health on the first phase of this facility, providing $20 million to help increase behavioral health services in the county. Prince Georgians suffering from mental illness and addiction deserve to receive the quality healthcare and treatment they need right here in the county, and we are now one step closer to delivering on that promise for our residents.” 

Construction of the inpatient unit is slated to begin this fall, with doors opening to the community in the winter of 2022. Phase one of outpatient programs is expected to be complete in spring 2022. 

Prince George's County spans an area of 500 square miles, with two acute care units for inpatient behavioral health currently in the county. In 2019, more than half of the adult admissions from Prince George's County (1,900 cases) were admitted to out-of-county hospitals. More than 900 patients required hospital-to-hospital transfer for psychiatric admission. The new unit will respond to this need and reduce the number of out-of-county admissions.