Reading Hospital and Acadia Healthcare Announce Plans for New Mental Hospital in Berks County | National and Global
West Reading >> Reading Hospital and Acadia Healthcare plan to build a 144-bed behavioral health facility in Berks County to meet the needs of clients in Berks and surrounding counties.
Plans for the facility were announced Tuesday by Tower Health, the parent company of Reading Hospital, which also has five hospitals in Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia counties.
The new facility will include psychiatric care for adolescents, adults and geriatrics. It will also include partial inpatient programs, intensive outpatient program services, outpatient counseling and professional physician services, consultation and chemical dependency care, according to the Tower Health announcement.
While the 92,000-square-foot center does not yet have a name, it will carry the Tower Health brand and have 50/50 governance, according to spokesperson Jessica Bezler.
Plans call for the new center to be built on an 82-acre plot of land in Canton Bern, Berks County, allowing for future growth. Bezler said he will have 300 employees. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 with an opening scheduled for early 2019. No information was available on the expected cost of the project.
“We urgently need additional behavioral health resources in our community,” said Clint Matthews, President and CEO of Tower Health and Reading Hospital. “Acadia Healthcare offers a wealth of national experience in behavioral health care with a demonstrated standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addiction. Together, with the demonstrated high quality care of Reading Hospital, this collaboration will address a very critical community health need.
A community health needs assessment conducted in Berks County in 2016 showed that one in five county residents had been diagnosed with an anxiety or depressive disorder and two in five had activity limitations due to an poor physical or mental health, according to a press release announcing the joint venture partnership.
“The Community Health Needs Assessment clearly identified the growing need for additional behavioral health resources in this community and Acadia is proud to partner with Tower Health to expand and improve the existing services currently offered at Reading Hospital. Said Joey Jacobs, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Santé Acadie.
Based in Franklin, Tennessee, Acadia provides behavioral health and addiction services to its patients in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, specialty treatment facilities, residential treatment centers and outpatient clinics. The company operates 579 behavioral health facilities with approximately 17,400 beds in 39 states, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico.
Among the company’s sites in Pennsylvania are the Pottstown Comprehensive Treatment Center; the Coatesville Comprehensive Treatment Center; and the Bowling Green Brandywine Processing Center in Kennett Square.
“Given the current demand for behavioral health services in our area, we believe this facility, along with the behavioral health services at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Brandywine Hospital and Pottstown Hospital, will ensure the ‘access to high quality care to our individual communities and Tower Health, ”added Bezler.
Tower Health was previously known as Reading Health System. In October, the company finalized the purchase of the Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; and Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown. It was later renamed Tower Health and also includes Reading Hospital in West Reading; Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading; and a connected network of 2,000 doctors, specialists and service providers spread over 65 sites.
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