St. Luke’s Center of Behavioral Medicine receives donation

Published 5:19 pm Monday, January 7, 2013

Patients in St. Luke’s Hospital’s Center of Behavioral Medicine received a nice surprise for Christmas through a donation from Pure Country Weavers. These afghans were carefully wrapped, lovingly placed under the Christmas tree and given to patients on Christmas day.

Started in 1988, Pure Country Weavers is one of the largest weavers today and the largest fine arts tapestry provider in the world. Pure Country is still a family-owned business with ties all the way back to when they made uniforms for George Washington’s army. All of their products are made in Lynn.

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“This donation is perfect for our residents,” said Wanda Thompson, activities director for St. Luke’s Hospital’s Center of Behavioral Medicine. “I think it is wonderful that Pure Country cares enough about our patients to help us. It’s very touching and wonderful to know that each patient had a gift on Christmas Day. For some, this may be the only gift they will receive.”

As part of its mission to the community, St. Luke’s Hospital offers a geriatric psychiatric inpatient unit. People in acute psychiatric crisis urgently require a safe environment, a structured and supportive social setting, and intense psychiatric and psychological therapeutic intervention.

The St. Luke’s Hospital Center of Behavioral Medicine is a 10-bed, inpatient facility serving adults age 55 and over. The unit specializes in the diagnoses and treatment of diseases such as depression, anxiety and panic disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s, psychosis, bipolar and mood disorders and Schizophrenia. Referrals are accepted from physicians, social services, family, friends, community providers, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities or self-referral. Staff is available for free in-home assessments to determine the appropriate level of care.

For more information about the St. Luke’s Hospital Center of Behavioral Medicine, call 828-894-3525 ext. 3333.

– article submitted by Jennifer Wilson