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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Major remodel underway at Eastern State Hospital

Fifty new beds being added as part of recent settlement of court case


Last updated 5/2/2019 at 5:33pm

If there’s an analogy for the challenges facing the state’s mental health system, it might be found in the sweltering heat in the office of Eastern State Hospital CEO Mark Kettner. On a pleasantly cool mid-April day outside, his office is at least 80 degrees.

“There’s no central anything in this building,“ Dean Davis, director of facilities said of the building’s antiquated steam heating system.

The focus is instead on a $6.7 million capital improvement project currently underway that will add 50 beds at Eastern, increasing its capacity to 367 patients, according to Joey Frost,...

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