Behavioral Health Construction Plays Catchup
197-bed hospital in Northern Kentucky will fill part of care demand in a top-need category
The Lane Report, September 6, 2016 —
Danis Group construction crew members preparing the site for a 197-bed behavioral care hospital along Dolwick Drive in Erlanger are expected to complete work on the building foundation early in November.
However, not a shovel of dirt would have moved on the site without first laying a foundation of another kind, a new financial structure that allows for-profit SUN Behavioral Health and nonprofit St. Elizabeth Healthcare to cover the $40 million cost of the bricks and mortar as well as the long-term operating costs the hospital.
A major change in federal regulations, explosive growth of the number of Kentuckians who have healthcare coverage through Medicaid, and increased demand for psychiatric and substance abuse services have combined to make the project financially feasible, executives with SUN and St. Elizabeth said in recent interviews.
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