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Charlotte Amalie
Monday, March 27, 2023


March 18, 2004 – The Eldra Schulterbrandt mental health facility on St. Thomas' East End will be rededicated at 10 a.m. Friday.
The anxiously awaited unit has been in the process of renovation for several years, Health Commissioner Darlene Carty said in a release Wednesday. It was badly damaged by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995. It was rehabilitated to a degree and loaned to the Human Services Department, Carty said, to relocate patients from the Queen Louise Home for the Aged, while that facility was undergoing renovation. It was returned to the Health Department in 2001, and has been completely renovated to accommodate patients who have been housed at the Long Term Care Unit at Michelle Motel.
"Under my leadership there will be more emphasis on issues concerning mental health in the community," Carty said, "and I'm pleased to begin with the reopening of this long awaited and critically needed facility."
The late Eldra Schulterbrandt was a former Health Department director and strong advocate for care of the mentally ill in this community, Carty said.
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