Mental health hospital coming to College Station's medical district

POSTED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 5:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 5:40pm

Ever since the city of College Station approved the master plans for a designated medical district on the south side of town earlier this fall, the area has been generating a lot of interest.

Tuesday ground was broken on a new development that will not only bring a third hospital to town but provide treatment to patients not currently offered here in the Brazos Valley.

With the College Station Med located on one side of Highway Six and Scott and White about to open on the other, it might seem like we have all the medical resources needed, but that's not the case.

People suffering from mental health issues such as schizophrenia, depression and even substance abuse haven't had a facility to turn to for help, until now.

"In a community of over 300,000 people in the region with no in-patient psychiatric hospital beds so we're very excited to be able to bring the first beds here in over 20 years since a service like this has been available," said president and found of Strategic Behavioral Health, Jim Shaheen.

The new 52,000 square foot behavioral health hospital, which will be located in the heart of the medical district, will be able to treat up to 72 patients at a time.

A service desperately needed and not readily available in the Brazos Valley.

Brazos County Sheriff, Chris Kirk said, "We average around 60-80 trips a month to carry mental health patients to a treatment center."

In about 12 months time the new mental health hospital will be up and running, meaning patients will be able to get treatment faster.

Something Crisis Intervention Deputy Garrett House is excited about.

"These people, when we come across them, they're in the darkest moment of their lives so we need to get them to the help they need in the quickest way possible," said House. "Right now it takes several hours to get someone from the point of crisis to a treatment facility. This is going to cut that down to minutes."

Minutes that are critical in saving someone's life.

The new hospital will employ over 250 people.


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