A new hospital in Raleigh will begin accepting patients Tuesday morning who are seeking treatment for addiction and mental health services.
Triangle Springs Hospital will open at 10901 World Trade Boulevard. The hospital is owned by Springstone, a company based in Louisville, Kentucky.
The hospital will be Springstone’s 15th location.
“We’ve found that the general closure of state hospital beds has created a need, and then also providers. It’s really difficult to recruit psychiatrists in general. And, that’s also creating a void,” said Dr. Nadia Meyer, medical director at Triangle Springs.
The hospital, which has 77 beds, will provide both inpatient and outpatient services. Healthcare providers involve patients in treatment planning, saying they focus on individualized treatment plans.
“We have behavioral health patients sitting in our emergency rooms for days on end before they can get a bed. And so, we’re hoping to fill that need,” said Meyer.
The need for greater access to those services is a nationwide issue, she said.
Former Gov. Pat McCrory formed a task force on mental health and substance use, which analyzed the issue.
Dr. Richard Weisler, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, as well as Dr. Chris Aiken, director of the Mood Treatment Center, wrote to the task force about a variety of concerns to address.
They noted that from 2000 to 2016, the number of psychiatric beds in North Carolina reduced by 60 percent.
At the same time, as the population increased, so did the rates of suicide and unintentional drug overdoses, they noted.
Planning for Triangle Springs Hospital began in 2015.
Hospital administrators hosted an open house Monday, during which Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke along with one of his former players, Marty Clark.
Clark played for Duke in the early 90s, when the school won two national championship titles.
Krzyzewski reached out to Clark a few years ago after hearing from Clark’s wife that he needed help.
Clark says he’s battled alcoholism and bipolar disorder. After receiving treatment, he’s gone on to work for Springstone at a hospital in Colorado.
“It’s OK to talk about these things and be open. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness,” said Clark.
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