Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and Kindred Behavioral Health, a business unit of LifePoint Health, have signed a joint venture partnership to construct and operate the new Tampa General Behavioral Health Hospital in Florida, US.

This is the second partnership between the two entities.

The behavioural health hospital will be situated next to the TGH Rehabilitation Hospital, an 80-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility being built in partnership with Kindred Rehabilitation Services.

Currently, Kindred Rehabilitation Services and Kindred Behavioral Health run over 30 such joint ventures, specialty hospitals across 17 states in the US.

Tampa General Hospital CEO and president John Couris said: “Tampa General is excited to begin our second project in partnership with Kindred to bring these critical health care services to the Tampa community.

“Kindred’s operational expertise and track record of delivering exceptional patient outcomes, along with USF Health’s leading-edge, academic-based medical care, mirrors our standards for excellence. Together, we are committed to serving our community’s most critical health care needs – and additional behavioral health services have been identified as a significant need in the Tampa Bay area. We are proud of this partnership that will greatly benefit our entire community.”

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Estimated to cost $43m, the Tampa General Behavioral Health Hospital will employ over 200 health care professionals.

This four-storied, 83,000ft2 facility will include 96 inpatient beds and has the potential to expand to 120 beds.

Tampa General Hospital will offer team member health services, staffing, medical staff physician credentialing, medical support services, a laboratory, and security.

Kindred Behavioral Health will be responsible for the daily management of operations of the new hospital.

The hospital is expected to break ground by late this year or early next year.

It will open in late 2024.

The hospital’s complete range of inpatient and outpatient services will be led by psychiatrists from USF Health.

It will also provide learning opportunities for medical students and residents at USF Health Morsani College Medicine.

The hospital will act as the first point of evaluation and care, providing initial emergent analysis for individuals going through a behavioural health crisis.

Patients with mental health emergencies will get emergent analysis and intensive stabilisation with a quick review to understand the safest treatment plan.

Furthermore, the behavioural health hospital will also collaborate with private practice physicians.