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Brattleboro Retreat Opens 14-bed State Wing

Brattleboro, Vt. (AP) — A new wing for state patients at a private psychiatric hospital officially opened yesterday, another milestone in Vermont’s efforts to replace an aging state hospital that was forced to close by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

The 14 beds are part of a new statewide system being developed to replace the former Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, which was closed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The 54-bed Waterbury hospital is to be replaced by the Retreat, some smaller psychiatric units around the state and a 25-bed acute care state hospital in Berlin.

State patients have been sent to the Retreat since shortly after Irene struck on Aug. 28, 2011.

The Retreat has had some problems recently, and was cited last month by a federal agency for several deficiencies in patient care.