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Take me out to the ballgame!

The SUN team was invited to sing the 7th inning stretch song at the Florence Freedom baseball game on August 7 for Healthcare Employee Appreciation Night. SUN invited all staff to the game and provided two tickets each for those who were interested. We’re a proud sponsor of our local team — go Freedom!

Addiction in NKY

NKY Magazine, Fall 2018 —

Sitting at the kitchen table inside her Florence home, Mary Lu speaks quickly and with passion about her life. She sips a Diet Coke and talks about her friends and her family, her exercise group and her church.

“I love life,” she says, in case those listening can’t tell from her enthusiasm and her easy smile.

Family photos, candles and flowers dot the kitchen surfaces, more proof, it seems, of the happy, easy life of the retiree. But tucked inside the cabinet closest to the kitchen door are four doses of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication.

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Meeting the Need for Behavioral Care

Lane Report, July 31, 2018 —

Across the nation and the commonwealth, health-care providers are investing in behavioral care facilities as the marketplace increasingly recognizes the value of mental health services. Kentucky’s newest hospital is the 197-bed SUN Behavioral Health facility in Erlanger, a $40 million project initiated by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

The nation’s newest behavioral health hospital near I-75 in Northern Kentucky reflects the fact that more and more Kentucky residents – including both employers and employees – are prioritizing better mental health. Expanding capacity and access to meet rising demand for behavioral health services has become a national trend.

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Here Comes the Sun: SUN shines on NKY’s behavioral health need

NKY Magazine, Summer 2018 —

Children, adolescents and adults struggling with psychiatric problems and substance abuse have a new option for treatment in Greater Cincinnati.

SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky, a 197-bed behavioral health hospital, has opened its doors in Erlanger. SUN Behavioral Health, a for-profit New Jersey-based company, teamed with St. Elizabeth Healthcare on the 149,000-square-foot facility.

SUN is the managing partner for the hospital that will consolidate St. Elizabeth’s in-patient behavioral health programs in Northern Kentucky.

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Goal of Sun Behavioral Health in Erlanger is to offer a variety of treatment options in a positive environment

Northern Kentucky Tribune, April 13, 2018 —

A bright, positive environment – that’s the goal of SUN Behavioral Health in Erlanger.

The state-of-the art hospital invited the Northern Kentucky Tribune for a tour of the new facility Thursday, nearly two months after its official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

SUN Kentucky, in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, is located on Dolwick Drive, adjacent to Interstate 75. Together, the two groups will work to solve the unmet needs of individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.

It is the first facility of its kind in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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SUN Behavioral Health celebrates ribbon cutting in Kentucky

NK Architects, February 19, 2018 —

Please join NK Architects in congratulating SUN Behavioral Health and St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare as they cut the ribbon and open the doors of their new behavioral health hospital in Erlanger, Kentucky. The 149,000 square foot facility includes nearly 200 beds for children, adolescents, and adults and fills a critical need in their mission to help patients with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Congratulations to our tremendous clients on their foresight and hard work in accomplishing this important project for northern Kentucky!

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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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Bringing SUN into Patients’ Lives

Behavioral health company takes on collaborative project in northern Kentucky

DDC Journal, Fall 2016 Issue — SUN Behavioral Health’s motto is “solving unmet needs.” The private mental health organization partners with community hospitals and medical professionals, schools, private charities and government officials to fill in the gaps in behavioral healthcare.

The company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Page sheds some light on what its team looks for when going into a new community.

“What we are ultimately looking for is to see signs of patients getting stuck,” he says. “Maybe they are stuck in the emergency room for a long time because psychiatric services are full, so they are looking for a place where the patient can begin treatment. We create services to relieve access challenges.”

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A New Day for Behavioral Health

July 2016 For Immediate release

Edgewood, KY — Behavioral health has been pushing its way into the spotlight of the American consciousness over the past several months. Due to national coverage of frightening incidents of violence, government leaders and citizens alike have started to look at behavioral health for answers.

But even all of this attention can fail to communicate the prevalence of behavioral health needs, and it can create unfortunate misconceptions about mentally ill individuals.

Psychiatric disorders are not reserved for the loud, homeless man on the street corner or the disturbed teen- ager who brings a gun to school. These cases are just as easily found in family and friends, teachers, students, and any number of people who cross paths every day.

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SUN Behavioral Health and St. Elizabeth break ground on hospital designed to provide community-wide behavioral health solutions

February 19, 2016  For immediate release

Erlanger, KY — St. Elizabeth Healthcare and SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) will break ground on a new behavioral health hospital at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 19 at 820 Dolwick Drive in Erlanger, KY.

Mental illness and substance abuse disorders continue to have adverse effects on our families, neighborhoods, communities and the broader society. St. Elizabeth and SUN Behavioral Health have partnered to provide solutions to two big community-wide problems: lack of inpatient behavioral health services, and chemical dependency resources for adolescents and adults.

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Specialty Hospital to Treat Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Moves One Step Closer

September 22, 2015 For immediate release

Edgewood, KY — The SUN Behavioral Health and St. Elizabeth Healthcare specialty hospital partnership has received regulatory approval bringing the project one step closer to reality.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has granted certificate of need approval allowing the facility planning to move forward.

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Joint Venture Collaboration Will Increase Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Treatment Services

April 13, 2015 For Immediate Release

 Edgewood, KY—St. Elizabeth Healthcare, SUN Behavioral Health and NorthKey Community Care have joined forces to develop a community-wide solution to the lack of access to inpatient behavioral health and chemical dependency resources for children, adolescents and adults in Northern Kentucky.

The partnership will result in a new 197-bed, free-standing and comprehensive specialty hospital designed to improve the behavioral health environment in the community.

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