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CHRISTUS Spohn Corpus Christi plans new mental health hospital

A new mental health unit is planned for CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi at Shoreline. Courtesy photo

Corpus Christi mental health hospital to move out of Memorial building

A 40-bed, state-of-the-art behavioral health unit will be built on the campus of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi at Shoreline, announced CHRISTUS Spohn Health System and Oceans Healthcare. It will replace the current mental health unit now in operation at the CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial location.

“Our critical work with Oceans will help ensure access to a full continuum of behavioral health care,” said Osbert Blow, CHRISTUS Spohn president and chief medical officer. “It is our commitment to get people the care they need in the most appropriate setting.”

The 30,000-square-foot “hospital within a hospital” is expected to open in spring 2022. It will occupy two floors and provide specialized care to adults 18 and older, including seniors. The unit will expand inpatient capacity by more than 20 percent and allow for the treatment of more clinically acute patients.

According to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report, Texas ranks second among U.S. states and Washington, D.C., with the highest prevalence of mental health challenges while, at the same time, is 50th out of 51 in overall access to mental health care.

CHRISTUS Spohn and Texas-based Oceans entered into a management agreement in August 2020 with the intention of expanding behavioral health services in the Coastal Bend region. Since that time, CHRISTUS Spohn has increased its inpatient capacity for adult behavioral health services, treating 27 percent more patients than the year prior. The pending expansion will provide the community with new resources and bridge existing gaps in care.

“Last year, we joined with CHRISTUS Spohn to make a commitment to enhance the quality and availability of behavioral healthcare throughout the region,” said Oceans Healthcare CEO Stuart Archer. “We’re proud to take the next steps toward fulfilling that promise, and we look forward to building on the strong foundation already in place to serve even more patients in the years ahead.”

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