The groundbreaking for the 88-bed Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital is set for Monday, at the corner of Holtzclaw and Citico Avenues.
The public is invited to attend formal groundbreaking ceremonies, which start at 11 a.m. at the building site. Attending the long-awaited ground breaking ceremonies are local elected officials, Erlanger representatives, as well as executives with Acadia Healthcare, which operates 539 behavioral facilities in 39 states and around the world. The new hospital will be a joint venture between Erlanger and Acadia Healthcare.
"This is an important day for Erlanger but even more so for those living in our community who are in desperate need of these critical services," said Joe Winick, Erlanger’s senior vice president of Planning and Business Development. “This much needed facility will be serving many of those suffering from behavioral conditions, from the elderly who are dealing with depression to veterans with PTSD and those struggling with substance abuse."
The two-story, 69,000-square foot facility is being built on the corner of North Holtzclaw and Citico Avenues. It will include 24 beds for geriatric patients, 24 for adults, 18 for children and adolescents, and 22 for substance abuse patients.