LifePoint Health’s Kindred Behavioral Health (KBH) and Dignity Health have signed a letter of intent to construct and run a new inpatient behavioural health hospital on Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center campus in Glendale, Arizona, US.

The two-storey, 95,000ft2 hospital will feature 96 inpatient beds and offers outpatient services.

The construction of the center is expected to cost $55m and is anticipated to commence next year.

It will employ above 150 healthcare professionals.

Dignity Health Southwest Division interim CEO and president Tim Bricker said: “This partnership will help meet the growing needs for mental health services in the West Valley.

“Dignity Health has always been committed to providing compassionate health care services to the most vulnerable in its communities and we are proud to advocate for and provide hope, healing and recovery to patients under our care.”

The new inpatient behavioural health hospital will welcome the first patient in early 2024.

It will offer mental health services for emergent crisis intervention, inpatient care, acute withdrawal management, and full outpatient services.

The hospital will also cooperate with local physicians, first responders, outreach programmes, and the counties’ mental health departments to offer added services to community members.

The partnership between Dignity Health and KBH currently includes an inpatient rehabilitation hospital operation in the East Valley.

This hospital provides care for patients who are recovering from severe injuries and illnesses including amputation, stroke, and orthopaedic injuries.

Bricker further added: “The continued partnership with KBH and Dignity further emphasises both organisations’ strong commitment to provide the Valley with the highest quality of care balanced with compassion and human kindness.”