Pipeline: UHS Opens Two New Facilities; SUD, ABA Expansions

UHS co-opens two behavioral hospitals

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has opened two new behavioral health hospitals as a result of recent partnerships.

One of those is a new specialty facility in Clive, Iowa.

Clive Behavioral Hospital is a partnership between UHS and Iowa-based health care provider MercyOne. The hospital spans 83,000 square feet and holds 100 beds. It also contains a dedicated space for intensive day programs and outpatient care, as well as a gymnasium and outdoor recreation areas.


Clive Behavioral Hospital is initially offering adult inpatient and outpatient services, with services for children and adolescents expected to begin in the summer. The hospital is the first freestanding behavioral health hospital in central Iowa and the largest overall in the Hawkeye State, according to UHS.

UHS’s second new hospital is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. There, it has partnered with SoutheastHEALTH to open the facility.

Southeast Behavioral Hospital is initially offering services to adults, with plans to phase in additional services in the coming months. The $33 million facility spans more than 68,000 square feet and will employ over 180 clinicians, mental health technicians and support staff.


SoutheastHEALTH operates a network of 51 health care locations across southeastern Missouri and parts of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and northern Arkansas.

Spero Health enlarges Tennessee footprint

The addiction treatment provider Spero Health has expanded its reach in Tennessee with the opening of a new clinic in Crossville.

Located between Nashville and Knoxville, the new clinic offers telehealth and in-person services, and takes walk-ins and appointments. The clinic also accepts Medicaid through the state’s TennCare program, as well as most commercial insurance plans.

Spero Health operates more than 45 clinics across Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Virginia. One of the nation’s largest opioid treatment providers (OTPs), Spero is privately held by Frist Cressey Ventures, Health Velocity Capital, Heritage Group and South Central, Inc.

NewVista to expand its Ohio campus

NewVista Behavioral Health, which operates behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities across Ohio, has announced plans to expand its existing campus in Columbus.

Additions to the RiverVista Behavioral Health campus will include a 130-bed residential hospital, which will treat mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs). Sharing the 17-acre downtown campus will be Ethan Crossing Recovery Centers, which is a part of NewVista Behavioral Health. Ethan Crossing will operate separately from the campus’ existing RiverVista Health & Wellness Hospital.

Based in Worthington, Ohio, NewVista Behavioral Health is privately held and operates five locations across the Buckeye State.

Hackensack Meridian Health opens rehab campus

Hackensack Meridian Health has completed the first phase of a new addiction treatment center in Mahwah, New Jersey.

The Retreat & Recovery at Ramapo Valley sits on a 40-acre property west of the Hudson River near New York City. The facility is situated in a 110-year-old building that previously housed a religious retreat before undergoing an extensive two-year renovation process. Hackensack Meridian Health operates the campus.

The facility is now offering outpatient services. A 48-bed facility providing inpatient and detox services is scheduled to open on the campus next year as part of the project, with an expansion to 90 beds planned for several years later as part of the campus project’s second phase.

Behavioral Innovations adds four new ABA centers in Colorado

Behavioral Innovations, an Addison, Texas-based provider of autism therapy services, is opening four new locations in Colorado.

The centers will be located in Boulder, Centennial, Longmont and Parker, and will provide one-to-one applied behavioral analysis (ABA) services to patients. ABA is considered to be the gold standard of autism care.

Behavioral Innovations is in-network with all major insurance plans and accepts Medicaid.

The organization, which recently completed its 20th year anniversary, has a total of 55 centers across Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.

Partnership leads to New Mexico treatment center

A private-public partnership in New Mexico has led to the creation of an addiction treatment center in the Santa Fe area.

The Four Corners Detox Recovery Center is a collaboration between McKinley County, the City of Gallup and the nonprofit rehab provider Santa Fe Recovery, in conjunction with the State of New Mexico Emergency Operations Center ESF6 Shelter Operations.

The center is located inside the county’s former juvenile detention center and was created in response to a recognized lack of treatment services in greater Santa Fe.

The center will eventually provide long-term treatment on site along with traditional rehab and detox services.

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