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GHS announces alliance to expand mental health services in the Upstate

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GHS and Acadia announced partnership to expand mental health services. (Nov. 15, 2016/FOX Carolina) GHS and Acadia announced partnership to expand mental health services. (Nov. 15, 2016/FOX Carolina)
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Greenville Health System announced a partnership with Acadia Healthcare to expand mental health services.

“We are proud to partner with GHS, a healthcare leader in South Carolina, to bring the successes we’ve seen with other recent joint ventures to bear for the Upstate community.” Acadia chairman and CEO, Joey Jacobs, said.

According to GHS, both companies will invest approximately $64 million in a new 80,000-square-foot inpatient behavioral health hospital. The new hospital is slated to open in March 2018 on GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, replacing the aging Marshall I. Pickens Hospital (MIPH).

GHS stated the new hospital will feature 120 inpatient beds, 52 more than is currently available at MIPH, and a number of services including alcohol and substance abuse inpatient services, geropsychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, children’s residential treatment, intensive outpatient therapy and partial hospitalization.

“By working with Acadia to expand our behavioral health services, we can reduce the need for related emergency room visits and give our patients greater choice in where they turn for care.” Medical director of behavioral health services and chair of the department of psychiatry at GHS, Dr. Ken Rogers, said.

GHS informed in the coming months, they will work with Acadia through the appropriate processes to bring the vision for more robust and comprehensive behavioral health services to life.

According to Greenville Health System, the next step is for the two organizations to prepare and submit a Certificate of Need application for the new hospital. Once approved, the joint venture will assume management of day-to-day operations of MIPH, including approximately 150 clinical and support staff members, and eventually operations of the new hospital.

GHS affirmed they will retain clinical oversight over all clinical programs at MIPH and the new hospital. 

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