New recovery center seeks to help mentally ill people

Omaha, NE – Alegent Health is preparing to open a new recovery center that focuses on all-around treatment for those suffering from mental illness. The Lasting Hope Recovery Center opens April 8.

Lasting Hope features 64 private rooms in three wings. Two of those wings are for new patients who require short says at the center. The third wing is for longer inpatient treatment. Patient rooms at Lasting Hope were designed to be quiet and calming, with earth tones and natural lighting.

Dr. Roger Pentzien is Medical Director of the Lasting Hope Recovery Center. He says treatment will focus not just on a person's psychological condition, but also their biological, social, developmental, and cultural needs. The goal is to provide patients with an environment that's calming and supportive.

The Salvation Army, Lutheran Family Services and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Nebraska all have offices at Lasting Hope Recovery Center. Those agencies will provide referrals and outside help for patients.

The Recovery Center also features a meditation garden, peace and serenity room, and open dining areas. The Center cost $25 million to build and was paid for largely with private donations.