Tower Health will break ground Wednesday for its Behavioral Care Pavilion on 82 acres in Bern Township.
The facility will be operated with Acadia Healthcare, a nationally known provider of behavioral health-care services.
The Tower Health Behavioral Care Pavilion is scheduled to open in 2020.
The facility will include a 144-bed inpatient hospital, and include adolescent, adult and geriatric care. Other services include partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient services, physician professional services and consultations, and chemical dependency treatment.
The 2016 Berks County Community Health Needs Assessment identified a significant need for behavioral health care and chemical dependency treatment services in the Berks County region. The study showed that one in five residents in Berks County has been diagnosed with either an anxiety or depressive disorder and two in five had activity limitations due to poor physical or mental health.
Clint Matthews, president and CEO of Tower Health, said the new facility will enhance the health network’s ability to address this significant health need.
“Behavioral health conditions and mental illness are no different than a physical illness such as diabetes or cancer,” said Steve Davidson, chief development officer, Acadia Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn.
“As a society, we must work to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to advance understanding that mental health conditions are treatable. We are excited about the groundbreaking of the pavilion and the ability of Tower Health and Acadia Healthcare to further enhance access to much-needed behavioral health services in the region,” he said.
Acadia provides behavioral health and addiction services to patients in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics and therapeutic school-based programs.
Acadia has several facilities in the Greater Lehigh Valley.