Officials broke ground Monday on the Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital.
The 88-bed hospital is a joint effort between Erlanger and Acadia Healthcare, according to a news release.
"This new hospital will be providing essential in-patient, outpatient and partial hospitalization for children, adults, seniors and our veterans," Erlanger Health System President and CEO Kevin Spiegel said. "This is another step for Erlanger in improving the health status of those living in our community."
Acadia Healthcare President Brent Turner said Acadia is excited to bring behavioral health services to Chattanooga with Erlanger.
"Erlanger has a great reputation in providing world-class health care services and responding to the needs of the community," he said. "Acadia looks for opportunities where there is a need, and we are very excited to bring behavioral health and related services to this market."
Mayor Andy Berke talked about the importance of mental health care and how the community will receive the care they need, thanks to Erlanger and Acadia.
"We need to make sure that everyone in the community is getting the health care that they need for them and their families to succeed," Berke said. "Mental illness touches every family; it's touched mine, and we know the toll that it takes on Chattanoogans if they can't find proper health care."
The 69,000-square-foot facility will include 24 beds for geriatric patients, 24 beds for adults, 18 beds for children and adolescents, and 22 beds for substance abuse patients, according to the news release. It is located at the corner of North Holtzclaw and Citico avenues.
Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital is receiving a $24 million investment from Acadia Healthcare.
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Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.