State approves new mental health center in Centreville

News-DemocratSeptember 24, 2013 

State regulators have approved a move to build a new mental health center at Touchette Regional Hospital.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted Tuesday to approve construction of a new $10 million inpatient mental health center. St. Elizabeth's Hospital, part of the Hospital Sisters Health Systems in Springfield, along with Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation will combine their services and create a new 30-bed behavioral health services center at the Centreville hospital.

The state board, which met in Springfield, also approved the discontinuation of St. Elizabeth's mental health center to clear the way for the new and expanded center on Touchette's campus.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, St. Elizabeth's Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Maryann Reese thanked the state review board for approving the project and both the St. Clair County Department of Public Health and Mental Health Board for their support. Reese said the partnership between the two hospitals provides what is best for metro-east patients and helps to extend the missions and longstanding heritage of both institutions.

"We're excited that we can now move forward and work with Touchette so they can expand their facility and add inpatient beds to better meet the needs of patients in the metro east region," Reese said.

Springfield-based Hospital Sisters Health Systems, parent company of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, has secured a $10 million construction loan to build the new mental health center. The new unit will more than double the number of inpatient beds for behavioral health services currently available at the Centreville hospital.

St. Elizabeth's Hospital averages 18 to 20 patients a day at its behavioral health center and Touchette Regional Hospital's 12-bed mental health center has to seven to eight patients on average daily.

Construction will begin next year and construction is anticipated to take two a half years to complete. Both hospitals plan to maintain current behavioral health services until the new center opens. Existing staff will work at the new center and additional psychiatrists, psychologists and technical and nursing staff are expected be hired.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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