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SoutheastHEALTH and Universal Health Services Hold Beam Signing Ceremony

Behavioral health | Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Behavior Hospital beam signing

SoutheastHEALTH and Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) held a celebratory beam signing ceremony for the new, freestanding behavioral health hospital today at the site of the new facility, 639 South Silver Springs Road.

Scheduled to open at the end of 2020, the new facility will address the growing, unmet need for accessible, high-quality and advanced behavioral health services in the region. The Southeast – UHS partnership includes construction of the new 102-bed behavioral health hospital. The $33 million state-of-the-art facility will span more than 68,000 square feet, and will significantly improve access to care for a full continuum of behavioral health programs and services.

Ron Escarda, UHS Group Director of the Behavioral Health Division, said, "UHS will offer a multi-disciplinary approach to behavioral health. Our expert psychiatrists, clinicians, social workers, psychologists and staff will work alongside SoutheastHEALTH to provide superior care for adults, the geriatric population, children and adolescents." Both inpatient and outpatient services will be provided.

He added that UHS uses "the latest in best practices for care delivery with treatment plans that are tailored and individualized."

SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman said opening a behavioral facility in southeast Missouri will help reduce the number of patients in crisis who commonly come to the emergency departments of acute-care hospitals which "challenges the care team's ability to provide appropriate treatment and stabilization and post-discharge placement."

He noted that despite the need for mental health services among a large portion of the population, "the average wait time to see a psychiatrist is 10 to 30 days for adults in Missouri and up to six months for children and teens. Having this new facility right here, in Cape Girardeau, will dramatically increase accessibility and prompt treatment."

"When the opportunity arose to partner with Universal Health Services, we were thrilled," he said. "Our selection of UHS was based on its nationwide respect for the company and its long standing commitment to patient and family-centered care."

Bateman added that as providers of the day-to-day operations and management of the facility, over 180 clinicians, mental health technicians and support staff will be employed.

Shelah Adams, UHS National Director of Behavioral Integrations, said her company is engaging in partnerships across the U.S. to deliver care. UHS recently announced partnerships in the Phoenix, AZ region, the Dearborn, MI region and in central California. "In every instance, UHS brings its extensive psychiatric and clinical services to serve patients."

She shared a thank you note from a mother about the care of her son. "You have helped us through the most difficult situation we have ever experienced," she said. "At the time of admission, we were scared and heart broken. Now it feels as though we will be ok and that we have our awesome boy back."

Adams said, "words like that inspire us every day. We know people come to us at their most vulnerable. They need care provided with compassion, dignity and respect. This is what UHS does best."