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February 20, 2012

US hospital to launch new mental health facility

Highland Hospital in West Virginia, US, is set to complete the construction of its new mental health facility in Kanawha City by July 2012.

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Highland Hospital in West Virginia, US, is set to complete the construction of its new mental health facility in Kanawha City by July 2012.

The 73,000ft², four-story facility will provide a 20-bed children’s unit, a 20-bed adolescent unit and a 40-bed adult unit.

Hospital spokesman Jim Strawn told Charleston Daily Mail that the 98-bed Kanawha facility will do more than just improve patients’ access to psychiatric services.

The $29m hospital will feature increased triage space to determine what type of care a patient should receive.

"In that way, it’s going to take a lot of burden off of the local emergency rooms," said Strawn. "We’ll also hopefully alleviate some of the overcrowding at the state-run hospitals."

According to Strawn, about 57 positions will be added when the facility opens, bringing total employment at Highland to more than 300.

"We really are becoming a major employment base here in the Kanawha Valley," said Strawn.

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