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Texas Health buying Corinth hospital for behavioral healthcare facility

Texas Health Resources will convert the Atrium Medical Center in Corinth into a hospital to treat patients who need behavioral health care as well as drug and alcohol addictions.
Texas Health Resources will convert the Atrium Medical Center in Corinth into a hospital to treat patients who need behavioral health care as well as drug and alcohol addictions. AP archives

Texas Health Resources is buying a 62,500-square-foot hospital in Corinth with plans to spend more than $13 million to convert it to a behavioral healthcare facility.

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources health announced Monday that it had purchased the 60-bed Atrium Medical Center facility at 3305 Corinth Parkway in Denton County. Atrium used the property as a long-term, acute care hospital.

Texas Health Behavioral Health Hospital Corinth will treat adolescent, child, adult and geriatric patients who need behavioral healthcare as well as drug and alcohol addictions. Earlier this year, Texas Health broke ground on a $37 million behavioral residential treatment facility in Mansfield.

This facility will provide the full continuum of care for behavioral health patients with the ability to treat the patient throughout their lifespan, Ramona Osburn,

THR’s senior vice president of Behavioral Health Services

“We are happy to be able to expand our behavioral health services throughout North Texas, especially with inpatient and outpatient offerings for patients,” Ramona Osburn, senior vice president of Behavioral Health Services, said in a statement.

“This facility will provide the full continuum of care for behavioral health patients with the ability to treat the patient throughout their lifespan,” she said.

Construction on the Corinth hospital is expected to take about a year, with an opening date set for June 2017. Texas Health already operates 16 behavioral health facilities in North Texas.

Texas Health is only buying the 5 acres where the hospital is located on the property in Corinth, not its operations. Atrium moved to the Integrity Transitional Hospital in Denton about a week ago, according to an employee who answered the phone but declined to give her name.

A top official with Atrium did not return phone calls seeking comment Monday. Atrium is a long-term acute-care hospital specializing in the treatment of patients with complex medical conditions.

In its announcement, Texas Health quoted a 2013 report by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas that said an estimated one in three crisis screenings in Denton County were performed in hospital emergency rooms, with 90 percent showing suicidal tendencies.

Suicide rates in Denton County also have more than tripled in the last three years with the majority in age groups of 14 to 24 and 50 to 65, Texas Health stated.

“We anticipate this facility will enable Texas Health to fill a crucial gap to improve behavioral health and well-being of the people in the communities we serve,” Osburn said.

Max B. Baker: 817-390-7714, @MaxbakerBB

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