Hayes, Kansas (KWCH) – Camber Children’s Psychiatric Hospital will open in Hayes by the end of February, meeting needs with services not seen in western Kansas in over three years.
Camber Children’s Mental Health Hospital Executive Director Sarah Berens said:
Previously, families had to drive to Wichita, Kansas City, or even out of state, to seek treatment for acute mental illness.
“We are excited to offer a location closer to Western Kansas,” Berens said.
Hays’ new facility will enable Camber to provide critical care and expand patient capacity.
“All of Western Kansas, that’s our primary target,” Berens said. “But we will open our doors to those in need in the state.”
The center will also focus on long-term cases. Berens said he didn’t want people in the hospital to feel like patients.
“Our role is trauma-based care,” she said. “We really work together within our environment to really address the whole piece. You’re not just the drugs you’re taking. You’re not just the experience you go through. “
Instead, Berens said he wants the children being treated at the facility to feel at home.
“(We care. We have an excellent staff of nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, therapists and 24/7 direct care staff,” she said.
The goal is to help children get the help they really need.
“We want to be a beacon of hope. We want to be a place where they can heal,” Berens said.
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