Providence Health partnership plans 85-bed psychiatric facility

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Olympia Behavioral Health, a partnership between Olympia, Wash.-based Providence St. Peter Hospital and Kirkland, Wash.-based Fairfax Behavioral Health, is planning to build an 85-bed psychiatric hospital in Lacey, Wash., according to The Chronicle.

Olympia Behavioral Health, US HealthVest and the Washington State Department of Health signed a three-party settlement agreement to address the county's need for inpatient psychiatric beds on Dec. 11.

The partnership received conditional approval this week from the Washington State Health Department to build the 85-bed psychiatric hospital, according to a news release from Providence and Fairfax. 

The settlement will allow both Olympia Behavioral Health and U.S. HealthVest to establish and operate inpatient psychiatric hospitals in Thurston County, Wash., to provide care for involuntary patients. The OBH facility will serve voluntary and involuntary patients ages five years and up.

Fairfax Behavioral Health is the largest provider of inpatient psychiatric services in the Pacific Northwest, with a total of 221 psychiatric and substance abuse beds in three Washington state cities.

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