New behavioral health hospital is coming to East Carolina


GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – An East Carolina hospital system is partnering with other health care providers to create a new behavioral health hospital.

ECU Health and Acadia Healthcare on Tuesday announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, 144-bed behavioral health hospital in the Greenville Medical District, less than a mile from ECU Health Medical Center. This new facility will provide North Carolina residents with significant access to behavioral health services and treatment delivered by specialized clinical teams in a carefully designed environment.

The hospital is expected to open in 2025 and will be operated in a joint operation between ECU Health and Acadia, the largest standalone provider of behavioral health services in the United States. Together, the organizations will invest approximately $65 million in expanding behavioral health resources in eastern North Carolina.

“This hospital will be a tremendous resource for our patients and our state, and we are thrilled to bring a partner and national leader like Acadia to eastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of ‘ECU Health and Dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Syed Saeed, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at ECU, said: “One in five people in their lifetime may suffer from a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. This is important because there are evidence-based treatments, but people often don’t have access to them.

It will include 24 hospital beds specifically for children and adolescents with mental health needs. These beds will be the first of their kind in ECU Health’s 29-county service area and the only child and adolescent beds within 75 miles of Greenville.

Todd Hickey, Head of Business Strategy Development at ECU Health, says: “Our patients, even from a physical health point of view, are the continuum, so many mental health patients have heart issues, strokes strokes, neurological conditions that are all part of the care they receive and on the other side of that number of patients who have heart conditions, neurological conditions, also have an underlying mental health issue”

The new hospital will also serve as a teaching hospital, training students and residents of the Brody School of Medicine, many of whom will go on to practice in eastern North Carolina and continue ECU Health’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the region. .

Construction is expected to begin in 2023. Learn more about the partnership here.

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