Official signing held for behavioral health hospital in Cape Girardeau

Plans for new behavioral health hospital

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A signing was held for the new behavioral health hospital hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Southeast hospital holds signing for new facility

The official signing of a new joint-venture partnership between SoutheastHEALTH and Universal Health Services was on Thursday, Feb. 28.

After more than a year of planning, SoutheastHEALTH announced the opening of a behavioral health hospital in Cape Girardeau.

The facility will be located across the street from SoutheastHEALTH’s West Campus and Cancer Center off I-55.

Leaders said it will be a place of health, hope and healing for the area.

“To see it come to fruition, it’s a great day, and we’re excited,” said Ken Bateman, President and CEO of SoutheastHEALTH.

Both SoutheastHEALTH and Universal Health Services, a national hospital management company, are partnering together with hopes to bridge the mental health service gap in Southeast Missouri.

“For example, there aren’t geriatric psychiatric services, there’s a limited scope of adult services, and a significant void of children and adolescent services,” said Shelah Adams, UHS National Director of Behavioral Health Integration.

It will have 102 beds for both inpatient and outpatient treatment covering 68 thousand square feet.

“Our vision is to bring the full continuum of care for all demographics to this community,” said Adams.

The facility’s four units will include a geriatric unit, two for adults, and one for adolescents and children, grade school age and up.

“We put the patients’ clinical needs obviously and emotional needs first and foremost in everything that we do from an operations perspective and a clinical perspective, so that’ll continue to be our focus,” said Ron Escarda, UHS Group Director for the Pacific Northwest.

“Having a program like this in Southeast Missouri and in Cape Girardeau, I think is gonna be a big benefit for the community in terms of as they deal with challenges of behavioral issues whether it’s family, friends, or children. It’s a resource that this community will have that most communities don’t have,” said Bateman.

They plan to start construction this summer and open Fall 2020.

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