As advances in medicine and technology have allowed Americans to live longer, there is a growing need for specialized services related to the aging process. Orchard Hospital's new Senior Life Solutions will provide cognitive, emotional and behavioral care in a secure outpatient and inpatient setting to address both medical and mental health needs of senior citizens.


The unit is expected to open in the fall  to provide a much-needed safety net for the Butte County community. This unit will be designed to meet the specific needs of older adults with medical problems combined with mental health issues unique to this population.


The Orchard Hospital Foundation has chosen this year's Annual Appeal project for the purchase of a 10 passenger van that will be used to pick up and return patients to their homes. With generous donations from the hospital's supporters, the Foundation has provided operating room gurneys, a surgery table and overhead lights, five general gurneys, a new kitchen stove, two ice machines, two blanket warmers, a Coagu Check machine, a urine analysis tester, $75,000 toward the mammography machine, $50,000 toward the new 64 slice CT scanner, a portable digital x-ray machine, an I-so Stat tester, drapes and flooring in the Hovlid Center, $50,000 toward the new nurse call system, decoration of the Medical Specialty Center, staff development support, recognition opportunities for staff as well as college scholarships for staff relatives going into medical fields.


This new program will accept Medicare patients with certain mental health needs and will create an opportunity for three new staff members and a part time psychiatrist.


Anyone can be on the Foundation's list for the Annual Appeal. Please call Lyndi Little Wallace at 846-9080 to be added to the mailing list.