Universal Health Services (UHS) has received the final approval to construct the new behavioural health hospital in West Allis city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, US.

The Common Council of West Allis granted the approval for the hospital project, which is expected to open by 2021.

Construction on the $33m hospital is anticipated to begin before the end of 2019.

Covering an area of 83,000ft2, the new hospital will have five distinct 24-bed units including three 24-bed adult units, adolescent unit and a specialised older adult unit.

Designed to serve adolescents, adults and older adults, the proposed hospital will also have intensive day programmes and outpatient care facility.

Additionally, it will have beds dedicated for patients referred from the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD).

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In order to provide healing and compassionate care, the patient rooms will feature an indoor gymnasium and outdoor recreational activity areas.

UHS senior vice-president Clinical Services and Behavioral Health Division Compliance Officer Karen E. Johnson said: “As a native of Milwaukee, with family still living locally, I am particularly proud that UHS was selected as provider of choice and gratified by the recent approvals, enabling us to bring care and healing to a community that has meant so much to me.

“UHS provides compassionate, outcomes-focused behavioural care that transforms lives. As we continue to increase awareness and change the conversation about mental health and addiction issues, we are committed to our top priority of delivering high-quality specialty care to patients and their families.”