Beaumont to build new $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn

Beaumont Health is to announce details Monday about its plan to build a new mental health hospital in Dearborn in conjunction with Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services.

Construction on the $40 million free-standing hospital is to begin in early 2019 on eight acres of vacant land on Oakwood Boulevard near the Southfield Freeway.

When it opens, the hospital — Beaumont’s ninth — will have space for 150 beds and will be operated and managed by UHS, which also will be the majority owner.

With the addition of the new hospital, Beaumont will double its capacity for in-patient mental health care, for which there’s a growing need, and expand its intensive day programs and outpatient mental health care offerings.

“There have been many conversations at the state level about the increasing necessity for mental health services, and the need outpaced our ability to meet that demand,” said Lee Ann Odom, Beaumont Hospital, Taylor’s president and administrative lead of the mental health initiative.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans has a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. And between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in Michigan increased 32.9 percent, and suicide continues to be among of the leading causes of death in the state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The shortage of resources for mental health is a national problem and very much one here in southeast Michigan,” said Beaumont Health President and CEO John Fox in a news release. “Beaumont and UHS intend to substantially fill that gap by providing specialized care for patients, along with investing in medical residencies, clinical training and the latest in tele-health technology.”

With the new hospital, which is unnamed, Beaumont also plans to add  graduate medical education programs in psychiatry, psychopharmacology and other clinical training opportunities.

“This endeavor is so much more than bricks and mortar — it will be the new hub from which we will coordinate the entire continuum of services for comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health care, clinical training and innovative new approaches to accessing care,” Fox said.

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Beaumont officials say they hope the hospital will be ready to open within three years; it also will include substance use disorder treatment for those who are receiving care for a mental health diagnoses.

Beaumont’s partner in the project, UHS, is one of the largest mental health hospital management companies in the country. It operates more than 200 mental health hospitals serving more than 600,000 patients annually.

“UHS is extremely pleased to be working with Beaumont Health, a premier organization, to provide these critically needed services in Michigan,” said Debbie Osteen, Universal Health Services executive vice president and president of the Behavioral Health Division. “We continue to expand upon our joint venture partnerships with healthcare organizations across the country. Our mutual goal is always to provide patients and their loved ones with compassionate and high-quality mental health care, services and support.”


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