Mental health hospital to be built in Dearborn

A $40 million mental health facility will soon rise in Dearborn.

Beaumont Health has announced that construction will begin on a free-standing mental health hospital in early 2019. The new hospital will be built across from Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, on Oakwood Boulevard.

Beaumont has partnered with mental health hospital management company Universal Health Services on the project. UHS will be the majority owner and manage day-to-day operations.

The hospital is expected to open in early to mid-2021.

"The shortage of resources for mental health is a national problem and very much one here in Southeast Michigan," says Beaumont Health President and CEO John Fox.

"Beaumont and UHS intend to substantially fill that gap by providing specialized care for patients, along with investing in medical residencies, clinical training and the latest in telehealth technology."

The 150-bed hospital will be built on an 8-acre plot across from Beaumont’s Dearborn hospital, doubling the hospital system’s current capacity for inpatient mental health care.

The more than 100,000 sq. ft. facility will feature expanded day programs and outpatient care as well as the addition of Beaumont graduate medical education programs in psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and other clinical training opportunities. Mental health patients will also be eligible for substance use disorder treatment.

Current Beaumont mental health services will consolidate at the Dearborn location.

"We will consider the new building our ninth hospital," Fox says.

"However, this endeavor is so much more than bricks and mortar--it will be the new ‘hub’ from which we will coordinate the entire continuum of services for comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health care, clinical training and innovative new approaches to accessing care."

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