Christus Spohn Health System and Oceans Healthcare unveiled plans on Thursday to develop a new behavioral health unit with inpatient and outpatient services on the Shoreline campus.
The 30,000-square-foot, 40-bed unit will treat adults 18 to 54 years old and seniors 55 and older with programs addressing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and more.
The new behavioral hospital is slated to open in the spring of 2022 and will replace the behavioral health unit housed in the old Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial.
Christus Spohn Health System and Oceans Healthcare announced their partnership in June 2020. With two decades of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health experience, Oceans Healthcare began managing Christus Spohn’s behavioral health program in August 2020.
Since then, Christus Spohn has treated 27% more patients compared to 2019.
Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales emphasized the importance of the partnership and new behavioral health facility.
“A few months ago we embarked on an historic endeavor to really quantify the social determinants of health which mental health is a huge piece of,” Canales said.
With rising rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative effect on the mental health of the Coastal Bend. The 2021 State of Mental Health in America report ranked Texas second among states with the highest prevalence of mental health challenges while ranking 50th out of 51 in access to mental health care.
“May is Mental Health Awareness Month,” Christus Spohn president and chief medical officer Osbert Blow said. “It is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental illness to reduce the stigma so many experience. Christus Spohn plays an important role in providing compassionate care and helping patients find the right resources.”
“Our critical work with Oceans will help ensure access to a full continuum of behavioral health care,” Osbert added. “It is our commitment to get people the care they need in the most appropriate setting.”
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