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Baystate Health and Kindred Healthcare will form a joint venture (JV) for a new Behavioral Health Hospital in western Massachusetts, USA.
The joint venture will be responsible for the construction and operation of the $ 120 million 120 bed facility, which is expected to address the lack of behavioral health beds in the region.
The hospital will also improve patient access to Baystate Health’s inpatient behavioral medicine for adults, including geriatrics, adolescents and children, by more than 50%.
The day-to-day operation of the hospital is managed by Kindred, while psychiatrists and advanced doctors from Baystate Health provide care.
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The hospital is specifically designed for behavior-based health services and has separate units to meet the different treatment needs of patients.
Dr. Mark Keroack, President and CEO of Baystate Health, said: “By building a state-of-the-art behavioral health facility to care for the most vulnerable patients in the region, we recognize that such a large effort would not be possible without a quality partner.
“Kindred’s strength in building and operating specialty hospitals combined with Baystate’s clinical expertise in behavioral health is the perfect solution.”
Baystate Health is currently negotiating with the City of Holyoke about the potential acquisition and development of the property on Lower Westfield Road.
From the time the site is secured, it will likely take two years for the hospital to be operational, pending regulatory and other approvals.
Baystate will continue to operate its inpatient behavioral health units at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Wing Hospital until the new hospital is completed.
These behavioral health units will be closed after the new hospital is completed.
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