AMITYVILLE, NY -- Guests, staff and friends of South Oaks Hospital recently gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of Jennings Hall as the hospital’s new home for inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation programs.
“In 2009, The Long Island Home closed the assistive living program at Jennings Hall and the building has remained dormant, awaiting redesign and repurposing to meet the demonstrated need of our inpatient rehabilitation and detoxification programs,” said Robert E. Detor, president and chief executive officer of The Long Island Home, the parent of South Oaks Hospital.
Mr. Detor credited the joining of The Long Island Home with the North Shore-LIJ Health System as a major factor in bringing this plan to fruition. He thanked staff who participated in the planning and design processes, as well as the compassionate and efficient manner that clients were moved into the new space.
The Chemical Dependency Program at South Oaks Hospital has earned worldwide recognition for its effectiveness in treating adults in the community to overcome alcohol and drug issues through their Detoxification and Rehabilitation programs. In keeping with its mission, We Care for People, and with a core focus on quality of life, South Oaks Hospital opened the newly redesigned environment, Jennings Hall, to promote healing and recovery. The program will be able to provide treatment and better serve 52 individuals, 24 beds allocated to detoxification and 28 for rehabilitation.
“Jennings Hall is a beautiful building outfitted with warm and vibrant décor with considerable natural light, nice accommodations, space for meetings, dining and lounge facilities,” said Jean Jackson, the program’s administrative director. In warmer weather, the scenic outdoor patio will surely be a favorite gathering place. In speaking to the staff, Christine Moran, the hospital’s vice president of behavioral health services, said, she was impressed by the teamwork of staff from each department who worked collectively to get the new building up and running. “The renovated facility is bright and spacious, allowing for more diversified group and activity options,” she said.
Staff at South Oaks Hospital looks forward to serving the community in this new warm, caring and supportive environment. We take pride in our ability to enact positive change for countless individuals who will begin their path to recovery and a brighter future at Jennings Hall.