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Baystate Health and Kindred Behavioral Health – a division of LifePoint Health – Break Ground for New State-of-the-Art Behavioral Health Hospital

150-bed hospital located in Holyoke will serve western Massachusetts region

Holyoke, MA – (March 8, 2022) – Baystate Health and Kindred Behavioral Health – a division of LifePoint Health – broke ground today in Holyoke on their new state-of-the-art behavioral health hospital being built to meet the community’s increased need for specialized behavioral health services and to address the dire shortage of beds in the region.

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The 150-bed freestanding facility, to be called Baystate Behavioral Health Hospital, will be located on 45 Lower Westfield Road and will feature 120 semi-private rooms and 30 private rooms for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. The new hospital will increase patient access to Baystate Health’s specialty inpatient behavioral healthcare for adults, including geriatric patients, as well as adolescents and children, by more than 50%.

“As a psychiatrist I have firsthand knowledge of the suffering and tragedy associated with people whose mental health needs are not met. Upon its completion, Baystate Behavioral Health Hospital will not only improve access to care but also offer a beautiful environment of care and new clinical programs for people in need of intensive mental health services, where they can feel safe, comfortable, and engaged in healing relationships with members of their care team,” said Barry Sarvet, MD, Chair of Psychiatry, Baystate Health.

“Mental health is an integral part of the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve. Baystate Health takes its mission seriously ‘to improve the health of the people in our communities every day.’ As other doors have closed in the region, we are pleased to be opening a brand-new facility dedicated to serving the behavioral health needs of our most vulnerable population,” said Mark A. Keroack, MD, President and CEO of Baystate Health.

Baystate Health and Kindred Behavioral Health – a division of LifePoint Health are at the forefront of implementing the latest in design for behavioral health facilities that takes into account how physical environments can be conducive to mental health illness recovery.  The 23,230-square-foot, four-story facility is designed specifically for behavioral health services to foster a better healing environment for patients and will feature a wide range of programs to meet patients’ varying treatment needs. The hospital will feature large activity and therapy rooms, a gym for therapy services, multiple courtyards and outdoor recreation spaces where patients can interact with each other and their family members.

The $72 million project is estimated to take 16 months to complete with an expected opening in August 2023. Kindred Behavioral Health, which is wholly owned business of LifePoint Health, will manage day-to-day operations of the hospital, while Baystate Health psychiatrists and advanced practitioners will provide care under the medical leadership of Dr. Sarvet.

“This is a great day for our partnership with Baystate Health and for residents of western Massachusetts as we take this symbolic first step to officially launch a project that will greatly improve access to much-needed behavioral health services in this part of the state,” said Jason Zachariah, President of Integrated Solutions at LifePoint Health.  “We are excited to break ground on this hospital and look forward to passionately advocating for our patients and delivering the kind of exceptional behavioral health outcomes that lead to a healthier community.”

Until the new hospital is completed, Baystate will continue to operate its inpatient behavioral health units at its three community hospitals – Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer. Upon completion of the facility, inpatient behavioral health in these units will cease and patient care will be transferred to the new facility.

Emergency care services will continue to be provided at all Baystate Health hospitals, and the treatment of behavioral health patients with medically complex conditions will continue at Baystate Medical Center in its Adult Psychiatric Treatment Unit.

 


About Baystate Health

Baystate Health is a not-for-profit integrated healthcare system serving over 800,000 people throughout western Massachusetts. Nationally recognized as a leader in healthcare quality and safety, Baystate Health has nearly 13,000 employees and serves a diverse population of patients at its teaching hospital, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, as well as at Baystate Children's Hospital - the region's only comprehensive children's hospital, its three community hospitals, several urban health centers, home care and hospice services, and a network of over 80 medical practices. A leader in medical education for more than a century, Baystate Health is home to the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School – Baystate, the first medical school campus in western Massachusetts. For more information on Baystate Health, visit www.baystatehealth.org.

Media Contact:
Shelly Hazlett
Director of Public Affairs, Spokesperson
Baystate Health
Shelly.Hazlett@baystatehealth.org

 


About Kindred Rehabilitation Services

With nearly 30 stand-alone inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) across 17 states, Kindred Rehabilitation Services is a partner of choice for many major hospital systems in the creation of joint-venture operations that are industry-leading in clinical and financial outcomes. Kindred brings proven rehabilitation management and services expertise to help the nearly 30,000 patients we see each year in our specialty hospitals recover and return home quickly from any of a number of conditions, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, neurological conditions, amputation and trauma. Kindred Rehabilitation Services is a business unit of Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Health.

 


About LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health is a leader in community-based healthcare that serves patients and providers across the healthcare continuum. Driven by a mission of Making Communities Healthier, the company has a growing diversified healthcare delivery network comprised of more than 65 community hospital campuses, more than 30 rehabilitation and behavioral health hospitals and more than 170 additional sites of care, including acute rehabilitation units, outpatient centers and post-acute care facilities. Its 50,000 dedicated employees are leading innovations in care across 29 states. More information about LifePoint can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net.

Media Contact:
Michelle Augusty
SVP, Communications
LifePoint Health/Kindred Behavioral Health
Michelle.Augusty@LPNT.net