Senior Health Incorporated applies for license for psychiatric hospital to serve Montgomery area

SeniorHealth Incorporated has filed a certificate of need application with the state of Alabama for approval to build River Region Hospital, a 60-bed hospital specializing in psychiatric services, serving the Montgomery area and surrounding counties.

SeniorHealth plans to build River Region Hospital on land south of downtown Montgomery near the intersection of Narrow Lane and South Boulevard. The two-story facility, specially designed to serve the needs of its patients, will encompass 40,000 square feet of building space. River Region Hospital is expected to employ 80 staff.

SeniorHealth applied for a total of 60 beds for the proposed facility, including 42 for adult patients and 18 beds for geriatric psychiatry patients. River Region Hospital will not serve individuals under age 18.

The hospital will accept all insurance plans, and will provide care to all patients regardless of ability to pay.

Officials of SeniorHealth said the service area needs the capacity that would be provided by River Region Hospital. Only Baptist Health's Meadhaven unit and the state-operated Greil Memorial Hospital provide inpatient psychiatry within Montgomery County, and River Region Hospital would have a close working relationship with both Meadhaven and Greil.

Kevin D. Lee, chief executive officer of SeniorHealth, said the hospital can be open for patient care within 15 months of approval of the CON. "We look forward to serving the families of the Montgomery area. State data shows that this area is underserved, and we can meet the needs of these patients with quality healthcare services."

SeniorHealth Inc. operates freestanding rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric hospitals, and manages psychiatric units within acute-care hospitals. Since 1990, the company has worked with more than 50 hospitals in developing and operating behavioral health programs and rehabilitation programs. SeniorHealth currently has hospital partners throughout the South and Texas, including urban and rural hospitals, large not-for-profits, investor-owned hospitals and sole community providers. The rapidly growing company has built and opened three new hospitals in the last two years, and has another five hospitals under construction. The corporate office of the privately held company is located in Nashville, Tennessee.