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Valley Children’s announces new behavioral health facility

Valley Children’s President and CEO Todd Suntrapak announced that Universal Health Services (UHS) will construct and operate a new behavioral health facility on Valley Children’s Madera campus.
Valley Children’s President and CEO Todd Suntrapak announced that Universal Health Services (UHS) will construct and operate a new behavioral health facility on Valley Children’s Madera campus.

Valley Children’s Healthcare launched a new partnership today to address one of the most significant healthcare needs in the region. Valley Children’s President and CEO Todd Suntrapak announced that Universal Health Services (UHS) will construct and operate a new behavioral health facility on Valley Children’s Madera campus.

This 81,600 square foot, 128-bed behavioral health hospital will provide accessible, high-quality and advanced behavioral health services in the Central Valley. One 24-bed unit will be dedicated specifically to pediatric psychiatric care, treatment, services and educational needs, assisting Valley Children’s in addressing the needs of patients presenting to the Emergency Department. Additional units at the new behavioral health hospital will serve adults and seniors. The new hospital will employ more than 250 people, including clinicians, nurses, mental health technicians, support staff and administration.

“There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t get a question from a parent, a healthcare provider or a community member in search of behavioral healthcare for their kids – and, in particular, behavioral healthcare that is right here in the Valley,” explains Todd Suntrapak, President and CEO, Valley Children’s Healthcare. “The behavioral healthcare needs for our children and families are significant and this new facility will provide our Valley with new resources closer to home.”

The new facility will feature a full continuum of inpatient services, including units designed specifically for children and adolescents, ages 5 to 17. Specialty programs for adults with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use issues will be offered to meet the unique needs of this patient population. In addition, the facility will offer robust outpatient programs to address the most prevalent behavioral health concerns, including child, adolescent and family counseling; and treatment for depression, anxiety disorders and other common behavioral health issues.

California continues to face a shortage for inpatient behavioral health beds for adults – and the shortage of inpatient services for children ages 5 to 17 is even more pronounced.

Construction of the new hospital is expected to begin next year, with an estimated opening of 2022. Valley Children’s and UHS will immediately begin work on a psychiatry residency program, as well as telepsychology services for children served by the Valley Children’s network of care.

For additional information, please visit valleychildrens.org/uhs.

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