$147M Psych Hospital To Break Ground in Oklahoma; Texas Funds $50M, 100-Bed Facility

Oklahoma state government breaks ground on 330-bed, $147M project Construction on the Donahue Behavioral Health Campus in Oklahoma City will begin on March 28. The project brings 330 beds to the city with a price tag of $147 million. The hospital will encompass 275 adult beds and 55 pediatric beds. It replaces Griffin Memorial Hospital […]

Acadia CEO: EHR Investment Crucial to Enabling Value-Based Care Contracts

Acadia (NASDAQ: ACHC) is prioritizing strategic investment in its technology capabilities and comprehensive treatment centers (CTCs) for opioid use disorder. At the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Acadia CEO Christopher Hunter said these priorities would “drive the business forward” over the next year. As the largest pure-play behavioral health provider, Acadia sets the tone for the […]

OU Health Starts $141M Project; $71M Psychiatric Hospital To Open In Florida

OU Health breaks ground on $141M pediatric behavioral health center University of Oklahoma-affiliated system, OU Health, broke ground on a new 82-bed behavioral health project on Nov. 1. The facility will cost about $141 million and serve the pediatric population. It will be named the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health Behavioral Health Center and be […]

Acadia to Expand Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient Programs

Acadia Healthcare Co. Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHC) has plans to grow its partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). Acadia’s preparations to weather the Medicaid redetermination storm have paid off and is now seeking to expand its continuum of care to meet increased needs and drive growth, according to its Q3 earnings call. The […]

Increasing Occupancy is ‘Significant’ Opportunity for UHS’ Behavioral Health Business

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) is setting its sights on increasing behavioral health bed occupancy after seeing improvement in its recruitment and retention metrics. UHS identified increasing occupancy as its next target for growth in its Q3 earnings call, utilizing a strategy of recruitment retention and expanding service lines to achieve this goal. “Broadly increasing […]

Inside Pyramid Healthcare’s Push to Add 400 Behavioral Health Beds by 2024

Pyramid Healthcare will undergo its first CEO change in its 25-year history at the beginning of 2024. Jonathan Wolf, who founded the company in 1999, will step into a board chair and advisory role. Jason Hendricks, the chief operating officer of Pyramid Healthcare, will succeed him. Sarah Deutchman, the company’s senior vice president of operations, […]

Pediatric Patients with Mental Health Disorders Account for Over 1 Million ER Visits a Year 

Over a million emergency room (ER) visits are attributed annually to children and adolescents with a mental health disorder diagnosis. That’s according to a new study by the CDC, which builds on previous research demonstrating the worsening mental health crisis among children and adolescents. The emergency department has become the first response for immediate mental […]

Behavioral Health Urgent Care Models Can ‘Save a Lot of Dollars’ While Helping Patients in Crisis

The emergency department is often the first point of care for patients experiencing a behavioral health crisis. However, a trip to the ED is expensive for patients and payers and often isn’t the most appropriate place for patients. New models of behavioral health urgent care have begun to emerge. These models don’t replace EDs but […]