Ground broken on UTHealth’s £98m healthcare facility in Texas

WCN Editorial Team 27 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Ground has been broken on a $125m (£98.3m) building on the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health in Houston, Texas.

Featuring 240 beds, the project is being developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

To be completed in early 2022, the additional hospital building will make the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus one of the large academic psychiatric hospitals in the country.

The new facility represents the first public mental health hospital to be built in Houston in more than three decades and similar to the adjacent HCPC, will be managed and staffed by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

Texas House of Representative John Zerwas said: “The Texas Legislature has made a commitment to increasing access to mental health services, and the expansion of the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus is a prime example of that investment in action.

“The ability to serve more people and better the lives of Texans, while lowering costs elsewhere, such as the criminal justice system, is a true success.”

Designed by Perkins+Will, the new facility is centred around light, nature, and central living space and will be supportive of appropriate and helpful interactions of patients with staff and with other patients. The project is being managed by Vaughn Construction.

Plans are on to build a therapy mall, activity room, and a communal dining facility that look into the internal courtyard through floor-to-ceiling glass. In addition to more acute beds, the new facility will also have subacute care units for patients who need to stay longer.

UTHealth president Giuseppe Colasurdo said: “UTHealth is uniquely well-positioned to transform mental health care in Texas and beyond. With experts across the spectrum of brain and behavioral health, our faculty are at the forefront of new therapies for mental illnesses.

“This campus will not only increase our capacity, which is desperately needed, but will also provide new opportunities to research and develop treatments for these devastating and widespread conditions.”

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Image: UTHealth leaders and government officials break ground on the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health. Photo: Courtesy of Dwight Andrews.

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