April 17, 2024

96 bed behavioral health hospital coming to Council Bluffs

The Methodist Health System and Acadia Care are partnering to bring what they’re calling a state-of-the-art behavioral health facility to Council Bluffs.The $55 million hospital could be here in as little as three years from now.Renderings show what the hospital could look like, set to open in 2026.There are still hoops the hospital will have to jump through before it gets the green light to build but it has health providers in the region eager at the possibilities.”Anytime we’re increasing availability of services then we’re doing good for the community,” Suzanne Watson, CEO of Southwest Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services said.She says people from all over Iowa travel to the hospital’s Council Bluffs already.”For years we’ve had two incredible health systems in council bluffs. With Jennie Edmundson as well as with CHI Mercy. And they have been really strong with behavioral health. They’ve stuck with behavioral health whereas other hospitals throughout the state might have given up their behavioral health unit over the years,” Watson said.Watson says news of the hospital breaks just as they’re beginning studies on child and adolescent use of services in the region.”How long are they waiting in the ERs? Are they going across the river because the beds are all full in Council Bluffs? Are they coming to Council Bluffs because the beds are all full in Omaha?” she said.Watson says Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital has 29 adult behavioral health beds. She says CHI Mercy has 22 adult beds, eight of them for psychiatric intensive care.Watson says those high-level care beds are in urgent need.”So we know that in Iowa, we need a lot more of those beds,” she said.And she hopes that’s part of the plan at the new hospital.”Yes, the opportunity is really good I think for those conversations right now,” she said.According to the Methodist Health System, they are working to secure land for the hospital, and a location will be announced at a later date.

The Methodist Health System and Acadia Care are partnering to bring what they’re calling a state-of-the-art behavioral health facility to Council Bluffs.

The $55 million hospital could be here in as little as three years from now.

Renderings show what the hospital could look like, set to open in 2026.

behavioral health hospital coming to council bluffs

behavioral health hospital coming to council bluffs

There are still hoops the hospital will have to jump through before it gets the green light to build but it has health providers in the region eager at the possibilities.

“Anytime we’re increasing availability of services then we’re doing good for the community,” Suzanne Watson, CEO of Southwest Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services said.

She says people from all over Iowa travel to the hospital’s Council Bluffs already.

“For years we’ve had two incredible health systems in council bluffs. With Jennie Edmundson as well as with CHI Mercy. And they have been really strong with behavioral health. They’ve stuck with behavioral health whereas other hospitals throughout the state might have given up their behavioral health unit over the years,” Watson said.

Watson says news of the hospital breaks just as they’re beginning studies on child and adolescent use of services in the region.

“How long are they waiting in the ERs? Are they going across the river because the beds are all full in Council Bluffs? Are they coming to Council Bluffs because the beds are all full in Omaha?” she said.

Watson says Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital has 29 adult behavioral health beds. She says CHI Mercy has 22 adult beds, eight of them for psychiatric intensive care.

Watson says those high-level care beds are in urgent need.

“So we know that in Iowa, we need a lot more of those beds,” she said.

And she hopes that’s part of the plan at the new hospital.

“Yes, the opportunity is really good I think for those conversations right now,” she said.

According to the Methodist Health System, they are working to secure land for the hospital, and a location will be announced at a later date.

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