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Thursday, February 11, 2016

New psychiatric hospital planned for Lower South Hill

It's now official, Providence Health System has partnered with Fairfax Behavioral Health and is planning to build a psychiatric medical center nearby Downtown Spokane. The new center will be a 100 bed facility for inpatient care primarily for patients experiencing mental health episodes. The new medical center will also offer 24 pediatric beds but will only serve patents over the age of 5.

The new Providence center will be located nearby the Sacred Heart Hospital and will replace an existing building. The new center will rise at the corner of 5th Ave. & Browne , where the Providence Fifth & Browne medical office building stands today. The psychiatric hospital will cost about $37 million to construct, although the renderings / floor plans have not yet been released. There also is no set opening date, however it will likely be in 2017.

The new facility is designed to fulfill a need statewide for mental health hospital beds. Providence Health was one of a group of local applicants for a facility in the Spokane area. Providence already has some mental health beds located inside the Sacred Heart Hospital, those will be " scaled back " some once the new 100 bed center opens.

Keep watching for more on the construction and opening of this new mental health facility. And,for more information on Providence Health System, visit their web site at-