Kentucky health care executives proposing a 43-bed psychiatric hospital in Raleigh said their “beautiful” facility would provide alleviate a chronic shortage of treatment options for the mentally ill.
Representatives of Springstone made a 15-minute oral presentation Thursday to a project analyst at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the state agency that will decide whether or not to approve the proposed psychiatric hospital. DHHS will rule by late September on the proposed Triangle Springs hospital in Brier Creek.
The $15.8 million facility, to be operational by January 2018, has generated no opposition and attracted no speakers at Thursday’s hearing, other than the representatives of the company proposing the project.
Springstone CEO and President W. Earl Reed III said the company operates eight psychiatric hospitals and is developing and proposing seven others. Shawn Owens, Springstone’s vice-president of clinical operations, said the proposed hospital would feature natural lighting, activity areas and yoga classes.
The facility would serve Wake, Durham, Johnston and Cumberland counties and would compete with 80-bed Holly Hill Hospital and 16-bed UNC Hospitals at WakeBrook. UNC’s WakeBrook is adding 12 beds this year.