CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Highland Hospital plans will add 10 beds to Highland Health Center, its residential drug detoxification program, officials said Tuesday.
The West Virginia Health Care Authority has granted a certificate of need for the addition, which will cost the hospital $35,000.
The 8-10 day program, which offers medically supervised detoxification for drug and alcohol addicts, has six beds but needs more, Clinical Coordinator Deidre Doria said.
The program typically has a two-week waiting period and routinely turns away people, Doria said.
In February, 55 people who signed up for a referral did not get into the program, she said. In March, 46 people didn't get in, she said.
"We will remain full (after the 10 additional beds open)," Doria said. "We'll be able to fill those. There's more of a need than that."
The detox program is the only one still located in the former Boiarsky Memorial Hospital building in Kanawha City since the rest of Highland moved from there to an adjacent new building last summer, spokesman Jim Strawn said.
The new beds will be in the former adult unit of the hospital.