COLUMBIA - A Missouri hospital that helped stop a competing effort to build a psychiatric hospital two months ago has proposed a $21 million facility to fill the necessity for more inpatient psychiatric services.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a hearing on the application of CenterPointe Hospital's proposed 72-bed psychiatric hospital in north Columbia is scheduled for July 11.
In March, the Missouri Heath Facilities Review Committee denied Texas-based Oceans Healthcare's proposal for a 60-bed, $12.7 million psychiatric hospital primarily for patients older than 55. The location and the focus on geriatric care drew strong opposition from neighboring residents and the mental health community.
CenterPointe CEO Buddy Turner had said his company wouldn't create a new hospital if the Oceans application was approved.