August 30, 2019

University of Kansas Health Opens New Behavioral Health Hospital

In an exciting moment for the University of Kansas Health (TUKH) System, the community it serves, and our team, TUKH has formally cut the ribbon on its new Behavioral Health Hospital.

The project brings needed inpatient mental health and addiction treatment possibilities to downtown Kansas City, KS, and surrounding underserved communities.

As Chris Ruder, TUKH Vice President for Patient Care Services and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, stated: “There is a demand for short-term psychological help in a traditional inpatient setting in our region. This (project) supports our efforts to provide even more advanced care to those who need it most, and our commitment to grow in Wyandotte County.”

There are numerous significant features of the new 105,000-sf, 48-bed hospital:

  • The project converts a former federal government building into a leading-edge behavioral health hospital. This transformation required careful strategy and design work all focused on creating a space to help patients recover, heal and thrive.
  • A centrally located atrium ensures the building welcomes extensive natural light. The atrium is surrounded by a lobby, waiting room and clinical treatment spaces on the ground floor. Flexible triage and assessment rooms help staff quickly determine patient needs and connect them to treatment resources as quickly as possible.
  • To enrich the patient experience, the facility offers dining options, a pharmacy and patient recovery space. The building also connects patients and staff to secure outdoor courtyards, walking paths and seating areas to harness the healing effects of nature.
  • The third and fourth floors each offer 24 inpatient beds along with large patient recovery spaces for group activities and exercise; one of these units is a teaching unit for hospital residents. To ensure the facility can accommodate future growth, the fifth floor includes shelled space for a 16-bed unit expansion.

“This facility is fully equipped to be a hub for leading-edge mental health and wellness in the Kansas City region for generations,” explained Jim Walsh, project manager. “We are proud to have worked with such a committed client in TUKH to create this hospital and make it a reality for all those in need of this resource in their community.”

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