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      High demand for psychiatric care drives plans to help Macomb seniors

      McDonough District Hospital could soon see a new inpatient wing for area seniors.

      McDonough District Hospital could soon see a new inpatient wing for area seniors.

      Administrators are working on a plan to construct a geriatric psychiatric unit on its current campus.

      CEO Kenny Boyd said a recent survey showed a high demand for this type of care not provided in the community. The closest centers for seniors to receive psychiatric care are Galesburg or Peoria, adding on stress and travel for both patient and caregiver.

      This 4 million dollar project would treat seniors closer to home.

      "Maybe it's depression from the loss of a loved one, maybe an empty nester's type of syndrome. When people start to age, they get on multiple medications or you have drug interactions that aren't being caught that can cause some issues. So, we're really looking at the individuals that need the assistance to get back to a normal, healthy style of daily living," Boyd said.

      The decision to move forward with the project will come from the hospital board sometime in November and later with the state.

      If all goes well, Boyd says he would like have the new wing open by July 1, 2015. Within a few years, the facility could generate revenue of up to one million dollars a year.