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Beaumont Health, Universal Health Services JV Breaks Ground on $40M Mental Health Hospital

By John Commins  
   December 17, 2019

The 150-bed facility in Dearborn, Michigan is expected to open by mid-2021.

A joint venture between Beaumont Health and Universal Health Services has broken ground on a $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn, Michigan, the two companies announced.

The 150-bed hospital will be located across the street from Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, and is expected to open by mid-2021.

UHS, which operates more than 200 behavioral health hospitals across the country, will be the majority owner of the joint venture and will oversee operations and management of the hospital.

Under the JV, Fox said Beaumont Health and UHS will provide specialized care for patients, along with medical residencies, clinical training and the telehealth services.

The 100,00-square-feet hospital will double Beaumont's capacity for inpatient mental health care. Beaumont Health plans to transition its existing inpatient mental health services to the new hospital, with expanded programs that serve adult, pediatric and geriatric patients.

Beaumont Health CEO John Fox said in a media release that the hospital will house psychiatric clinical training and outpatient programs that will improve access to mental health services across southern Michigan.

"Our mental health plans extend beyond the walls of the new facility," he said. "The new hospital will help us coordinate the entire continuum of services for comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health care, clinical training and innovative new approaches to accessing care."

Beaumont Health and UHS also plan to implement a comprehensive telemedicine program to support its nine emergency rooms and other patient care settings across the system.

Michigan has seen a 33% increase in suicides since 1999 and it is one of the leading causes of death in the state, according to the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The new hospital will help us coordinate the entire continuum of services for comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health care, clinical training and innovative new approaches to accessing care.”

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.


KEY TAKEAWAYS

UHS will be the majority owner of the joint venture and will oversee operations and management of the hospital.

The 150-bed hospital will provide specialized care for patients, along with medical residencies, clinical training and the telehealth services.


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