Regions' 100-bed mental health facility is a go

  • Updated: June 29, 2011 - 10:41 AM

Regions Hospital in St. Paul said Monday that it is breaking ground on a new $36 million mental health facility, after shelving the long-planned project in 2009 because of the recession and budget setbacks.

The eight-story building is expected to be completed in November 2012.

The current building, with 96 beds, was built 40 years ago as a dormitory for nursing students. Regions said the new, 115,000-square-foot facility will more than double usable space. Current plans call for 100 private inpatient rooms and baths, with space for another 20.

"This new facility comes at a critical time when demand for services is growing," HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd said in a statement.

Regions claims it is the largest provider of mental health services in the east metro area, and among the largest in Minnesota. The facility will offer inpatient and outpatient mental health services as well as chemical dependency treatment and services for acute psychiatric symptoms.

The fate of the current building is uncertain, but spokeswoman Kristen Kaufmann said it likely would not be used for patient care.

JACKIE CROSBY

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