Groundbreaking For New CS Psychiatric HospitalFeatured Stories, News Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Groundbreaking took place Tuesday for a new psychiatric hospital in College Station.
The 72 bed facility is projected to open this time next year between College Station Medical Center and the renamed Brian Bachmann Community Park.
The President of Strategic Behavioral Health of Memphis, Jim Shaheen, presided at Tuesday’s groundbreaking.
The hospital will be the first of its kind in the Brazos Valley, serving a market area of 300,000.
The hospital will provide individual and group counseling, family and recreational therapy, educational services, and vocational training.
Currently, individuals suffering from a behavioral health disorder have to wait in emergency rooms, physician’s offices, and clinics in Houston and Austin.
The Executive Director of the Brazos Valley Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority, Bill Kelly, says it is way overdue.
Shaheen says they are recruiting an A&M graduate to be the hospital’s chief executive. And discussions are underway to work with the university in other ways.
Dr. Joseph Sokal, the regional chairman of the Psychiatry Department, says the possibility of bringing in faculty who will also work at the hospital and begin a residency program is something rare and welcomed.
Also speaking was College Station Mayor Nancy Berry.
The speakers included Brazos County Judge Duane Peters.
Brazos County Constable Jeff Reeves, who was appointed following the murder of Brian Bachmann last August, was among several law enforcement officials on hand.
Shaheen says the 52,000 square foot facility is an investment of $12 million dollars.
The staff of 250 will consist of physicians, nurses, therapists, teachers, case managers, and direct care staff, dietary, along with administrative staff.
In the background of the groundbreaking picture below is construction of Arnold Street, which will intersect with the west side of College Station Medical Center, officially known as Normand Drive.
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