US-based integrated academic health system Tufts Medicine and behavioural health services provider Acadia Healthcare have begun the construction of a behavioural health hospital in Malden, Massachusetts.

The start of construction was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony at the hospital’s site at 100 Hospital Road.

This event also celebrated the joint venture between Tufts Medicine and Acadia Healthcare, which was formed in 2022 to build the hospital on the former Malden Hospital site.

Expected to open next year, the 144-bed hospital aims to be a centre of excellence for patients of all age groups.

Tufts Medicine president and CEO Michael Dandorph said: “We are excited to have a partner such as Acadia, who brings unrivalled behavioural health expertise and shares our commitment to quality patient care.

“This occasion marks an important milestone in our effort to improve access to behavioural health care for our patients and the region.”

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The hospital will aim to enhance existing services by offering inpatient behavioural healthcare, intensive outpatient programmes and various other healthcare services.

Once open, it will function as a teaching hospital for psychiatry and behavioural health professionals, as well as residents and training students associated with the Tufts University School of Medicine.

This is expected to address the shortage of clinical behavioural healthcare professionals in the region.

Turner Construction Company has been appointed as the general contractor for the project, with Stengel Hill Architecture taking on the architectural design.

Acadia Healthcare CEO Chris Hunter said: “This new hospital will provide the greater Boston area with expanded access to quality behavioural health services and treatment from specialised clinical teams in a carefully designed environment.

“We are so proud to be affiliated with Tufts Medicine, working together to address the strong need in the Commonwealth and building upon their legacy and commitment to behavioural health services.”