• Media Opportunity: Marian Regional Medical Center to Open Behavioral Observation Unit

    Event will allow opportunity for photographs and interviews with hospital representatives for media
    SANTA MARIA, CA – June 3, 2021 – Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is pleased to announce the grand opening of its Behavioral Observation Unit (BOU). 
    WHO: Members of the media are invited to attend the highly anticipated grand opening of Marian’s BOU. Attendees will include hospital leadership, community leaders, and BOU benefactors. 
    WHAT: Grand opening and tours available to limited attendees.
    WHERE: Behavioral Observation Unit, 1401 East Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454. Social distancing and mask wearing are mandatory. 
    WHEN: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 11:00a.m. to noon. A blessing ceremony will be held at 11:00a.m. with tours to follow.
    WHY: This critically important facility will be open 24 hours a day for intervention, assessment, evaluation, therapy, and support for those experiencing a mental health crisis. A minimum of 50 inpatient mental health beds are recommended to serve every 100,000 people, and Santa Barbara County only has four for every 100,000. With one out of every eight emergency department visits being behavioral health or substance abuse related, the BOU will fill an incredible void in local health care, and will be staffed with specialty trained psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and support staff. 
    CONTACT: If any members of the media would like to attend, please contact Sara San Juan at 805.739.3584 or sara.sanjuan@dignityhealth.org.