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01/15/2013

Haven Behavioral plans 36-bed Fort Worth psych hospital

Haven Behavioral, a Nashville-based operator of inpatient psychiatric hospitals focusing on geriatrics, expects to open a 36-bed facility at 1000 St. Louis Ave. in Fort Worth's medical district around Aug. 1. The Star-Telegram on Sunday reported the company's filing for the facility for a story on the expansion of psychiatric hospitals in the Tarrant market, but the company wasn't able to provide more details at the time. John Baker, who will be CEO of the new hospital, said today the 24,000-square-foot facility will be in the former Veteran's Administration clinic building at the corner of St. Louis and Rosedale. Baker said it will serve older patients, as do the company's other hospitals, to meet a growing need. He said the location is in line with Haven Behavioral's strategy of putting its hospitals within existing hospitals or medical malls, rather than its own free-standing buildings.

According to Tarrant Appraisal District records, the 48,000-square-foot VA clinic building was purchased in 2011 by Gregg Enterprises of Dallas. Baker said it is now a medical mall. Haven Behavioral said in a filing with the state that it will renovate its portion of the building at a cost of $3.4 million. The VA moved out of the building after it opened a 239,000-square-foot outpatient clinic, one of its largest, on Interstate 20 in south Fort Worth in 2010.

-- Jim Fuquay

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