Pipeline: Oceans Building New Behavioral Health Hospital; Spero Health’s Latest Openings

Oceans Healthcare breaks ground on new hospital

Oceans Healthcare is breaking ground on a new behavioral health hospital in Lubbock, Texas that is scheduled to open next fall.

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Lubbock — which will provide inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment for adults and seniors — will house 32 beds and employ a staff of around 65 clinical and non-clinical workers. Patients checking into the hospital will receive care for a variety of behavioral conditions such as depression, anxiety, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“Texas ranks last in the nation for access to behavioral health care and we want to do everything in our power to improve that statistic,” Stuart Archer, CEO of Plano, Texas-based Oceans, said in a press release regarding the new hospital.


Archer cited a survey by the nonprofit organization Mental Health America — which ranked Texas at the bottom of all states in behavioral health care access — as underscoring the need for the new Lubbock hospital.

“We’re committed to expanding access to care and education across Texas,” Archer added. “We are grateful for the opportunity now to share that commitment with the residents of Lubbock County and look forward to many years serving as a trusted health care resource.”

Oceans operates 33 locations across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Currently, there are 11 Oceans inpatient and intensive outpatient programs throughout Texas.


Oceans is backed by venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners.

Spero Health opens three SUD treatment clinics

Spero Health has opened three new clinics for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, with one in Ohio and two in Virginia.

Spero Health’s Ohio clinic is located in Lancaster, in the south central part of the Buckeye State. The clinic offers in-person and telehealth services and accepts most commercial insurance plans along with Ohio Medicaid.

“Cheap access to deadly drugs like Heroin and Fentanyl have dealt our communities a devastating blow causing many to lose their life,” Spero Health CEO Steve Priest said in a press release regarding the Ohio clinic opening. “In addition to overdose, we continue to hear stories from those in short- and long-term recovery who experienced relapse because of changes in their life. It is critical people have local resources and quick access to addiction treatment services, now more than ever, it’s simply a matter of life and death.”

Spero Health’s two Virginia clinics are in Danville — which is along the North Carolina state line — and Roanoke. Both clinics accept most commercial plans and Virginia Medicaid.

The two Virginia clinics are part of Spero Health’s plans to significantly expand services across the state in 2022, according to the provider.

“In both the Danville and Roanoke communities, we want to be a solution to families, friends and neighbors who are struggling with addiction, giving them a place to turn by offering immediate access to care that is both affordable and close to home,” Priest said in a separate press release.

Spero Health operates over 60 locations across Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, Spero Health is a privately held company of the Heritage Group, Health Velocity Capital, South Central, Inc. and Frist Cressey Ventures.

Mission Autism Clinics welcomes patients to two new clinics

Mission Autism Clinics, a Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania-based provider of applied behavior analysis therapy (ABA), has opened two clinics in Maryland.

The clinics are located in Gaithersburg — which is located outside of Washington, D.C. — and Frederick, which is approximately equidistant from the nation’s capital and Baltimore.

Both clinics will employ 40 registered behavioral therapists once full capacity is reached. Both clinics also offer daytime and after-school programs.

Mission Autism Clinics opened another Maryland location in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Silver Spring in late August. The provider, which focuses on children ages between 2 and 6, accepts a number of commercial insurances and Medicaid in some locations.

In addition to the new Gaithersburg and Frederick clinics, Mission Autism Clinics operates a number of other locations throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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