Prairie St. John's announces plans for new Behavioral Health Facility

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 8:50 AM CDT
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Prairie St. John’s has announced preliminary plans to build a replacement behavioral health facility to continue to address the growing, unmet need for accessible, high-quality and advanced mental health services in Fargo Moorhead Region and across North Dakota and Minnesota.

The Facility team is on schedule to submit the Foundation Plan to the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Life Safety and Construction by August 1, 2019.

“Prairie St. John’s has cared for our community for over a 100 years, first as a medical hospital and then as a psychiatric facility,” said Jeff Herman, CEO, Prairie St. John’s. “Pending receipt of appropriate State

approvals, the next phase of our health system will expand to allow for another 100 years of bringing the highest quality behavioral healthcare possible to our state and region.

The new hospital will maximize our treatment and patient care space and will include a dramatic increase in natural light and behavioral healthcare-specific design to enhance our clinical treatment models. It’s truly the hospital of the future to best serve patients.”

Upon approval from the State, the new facility will feature:

- A state-of-the-art 128-bed acute behavioral health hospital, an increase from the current 110 beds.

- An investment of $47 million for new facility construction.

- Specialized programming including Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) suite and physician led medication-assisted treatment.

- Increased collaboration of multidisciplinary teams including psychiatrists, internal medicine.