Doug Spies Discusses Behavioral Health’s Impact on Emergency Departments

Advisory Services Program Director Authors Article for Becker’s Hospital Review

It’s no secret that emergency department overcrowding is hitting crisis levels. What’s less talked about, however, is yet another ripple effect from the COVID-19 pandemic that’s contributing to this growing problem—the admission of behavioral health patients to the ED. In his recent article for Becker’s Hospital Review, Gresham Smith Healthcare Advisory Services Program Director Doug Spies, AIA, MHA, LEED AP, explores how planning and design changes—with and without capital investment—can better serve this vulnerable population while improving operations. Read his article, entitled “Behavioral Health’s Impact on the Emergency Department,” online here.