The behavioral health center is the largest construction project at Duke Regional Hospital since it opened in 1976, Galbraith said. It includes more private outpatient and emergency treatment rooms for mental health than the old hospitals as well as two courtyards and lots of natural light to give it a different feel from the buildings it replaces, said Sara Emory, senior director of Behavioral Health Services for Duke University Health System.

“What we wanted to offer was an experience that was more conducive to feeling happy, to being able to feel the sunshine on your shoulder,” Emory said.

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