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Public hearing to be held on Vernon Hills psychiatric hospital plan

April 19, 2017

A public hearing will be held Wednesday on a plan to repurpose this office building at 300 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Vernon Hills as a 100-bed psychiatric hospital.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

– Mick Zawislak

A $20 million plan to repurpose a vacant office building in Vernon Hills for a psychiatric hospital is proceeding to the public hearing stage, but the reception may be mixed.

One certainty in US HealthVest’s proposal for CDW’s former administration building at 300 N. Milwaukee Ave., in the Continental Executive Parke, is strong support from Lake County United, a group of more than two dozen churches and other organizations.

“We’re not having a hard time finding people who think this is really needed,” said Amy Lawless, lead organizer for Lake County United. “A lot of people are affected by this issue to various degrees — the response we’re getting is telling.”

The privately held US HealthVest operates the Chicago Behavioral Hospital in Des Plaines, two hospitals in Georgia and one in Washington, and it is pursuing a $22 million, 100-bed behavioral health hospital on Silver Cross Hospital’s New Lenox campus.

The company is asking Vernon Hills officials to change zoning rules to allow hospitals to be permitted in a business district and is seeking a special-use permit to proceed. The village’s advisory planning and zoning commission will hear the requests at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at village hall, 290 Evergreen Drive.

The village board last fall informally gave the go-ahead for the New York-based company to continue with staff review and the public hearing process for a 100-bed hospital providing specialized care to children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

Assistant Village Manager Joe Carey said an online petition opposing the proposal surfaced late last year and the unnamed originator was directed to the company. No recent activity has been noted, he said, but he was uncertain whether opponents would attend the public hearing.

In March, US HealthVest hosted two open house information sessions at the building, and two more were held Tuesday.

While attendance was small at the first one, company officials fielded several questions regarding the site selection, property tax impact and other aspects of the proposal.

The Vernon Hills building is 75,444 square feet on about 8 acres and, if approved, would open in late 2018 or early 2019. The hospital would operate 24 hours a day and employ 150 people over three shifts.

Vice President Lisa Klein said the area lacks these services, and Vernon Hills was chosen for its central location. Reusing buildings is a company practice, she said, but it is not easy to find one of the appropriate size that can be repurposed to meet myriad requirements.

Klein said the company spent two months talking with public health and medical officials who were “enthusiastic and overjoyed” with the plan.

US HealthVest has received state approval to open a psychiatric hospital in northern Cook County/Lake County service area.

The company had proposed a $31.3 million facility in Northbrook, but the village declined to change a covenant on the land to allow that to proceed, according to Klein.

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US HealthVest Opens Ridgeview Institute – Monroe

January 23, 2017

Second Atlanta Hospital Serves Unmet Need for Specialized Psychiatric Care

Atlanta, GeorgiaJanuary 23, 2017 – US HealthVest announced the opening of Ridgeview Institute – Monroe, a 70-bed psychiatric hospital that provides a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care to patients of all ages. 

“We are excited to bring these vital services to the community,” said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and CEO of US HealthVest. “With two hospitals in the Atlanta region, we are well positioned to treat the increasing and unmet need for specialized psychiatric care in the growing metro area.”

Located at 709 Breedlove Drive in Monroe, the hospital provides behavioral health and addiction treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. Comprehensive services include free 24/7 assessments, inpatient and intensive outpatient care. A full range of specialized programs such as a Women’s Program and a Geriatric Program will also be provided.

Ridgeview Institute – Monroe is part of the Ridgeview network of hospitals that are owned and operated by US HealthVest. Founded in 1976, Ridgeview has gained a national reputation for its treatment of more than 70,000 patients.

US HealthVest has invested approximately $20 million to construct Ridgeview Institute – Monroe, the newest behavioral hospital in Georgia. The project involved the demolition and transformation of the former Walton Regional Medical Center into an 86,000 square foot, state-of-the art psychiatric hospital. The three-story hospital was designed to provide open spaces with daylight and direct views of nature, enabling for a safe and therapeutic environment. Shared amenities include activity rooms, therapy spaces and a dining area, along with indoor and outdoor recreational activity spaces.

 

About US HealthVest
US HealthVest is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services.  US HealthVest operates Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute and Ridgeview Institute – Monroe and is developing additional psychiatric hospitals near Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle.  Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and day hospital services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit www.ushealthvest.com.

 

Contact:
Richard Kresch, M.D.
President and CEO
US HealthVest
212-243-5565

Silver Cross Partners with US HealthVest for Behavioral Health Hospital

January 09, 2017

New Lenox, IL (Jan. 9, 2017)—Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with US HealthVest plans a 100-bed behavioral health hospital to address the mental health and substance abuse crisis in Will and Grundy counties by expanding inpatient and outpatient services. The proposed $22 million Silver Oaks Hospital will be located on five acres of Silver Cross Hospital’s New Lenox campus.

Silver Cross President and CEO Paul Pawlak said since the closing of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center in 2012, there has been a severe shortage of beds forcing more than 60% of mental health and chemically dependent patients to leave the area for care. Others languish in emergency rooms waiting to be admitted, or worse, end up in jail. This complicates follow-up support services and creates confusion and lack of continuity of care.

“We strive to provide the best care and convenient access for our behavioral health patients, but the lack of resources in Will and neighboring counties has left people going without treatment leading to the increase in addictions to opiates, heroin and alcohol in our community,” Pawlak said.

“This year set a new record for fatal heroin overdoses in Will County,” said Larry Walsh, Will County Executive who has been working with Silver Cross and other community leaders to battle this epidemic. “This new hospital could just be the silver lining we have been looking for to get our friends and family members help before it is too late.”

In Will and Grundy Counties there is currently no inpatient chemical dependency unit, dedicated inpatient adolescent unit, or services for women who have been abused or traumatized. Silver Cross currently operates a 20-bed inpatient unit for individuals 18 years and older and offers adult outpatient treatment for mental health, chemically dependency, and dual diagnosis.

By partnering with US HealthVest, Silver Cross will be able to offer a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services for youth, adults and seniors.

“We are delighted to work with Silver Cross to expand access to care for patients in the Chicago area,” said Dr. Richard Kresch, psychiatrist and President and CEO of US HealthVest. “We are committed to providing high quality psychiatric care through our model of specialized programming.”

US HealthVest has a proven track record of working with existing medical providers to expand psychiatric and substance abuse services and access to care. US HealthVest operates Chicago Behavioral Hospital, a 138-bed psychiatric hospital in Des Plaines, IL and is in the process of developing another psychiatric hospital in Northern Chicago. US HealthVest operates two psychiatric hospitals in Atlanta and will be opening another psychiatric hospital near Seattle in mid-2017. US HealthVest has several other projects under development around the country.

Silver Cross also has clinical affiliations with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern Medicine for neurosciences, and Advocate Physician Partners.

One of the few remaining independent hospitals in the Chicago area, Silver Cross has been at the forefront of bringing renowned expertise and new services to the community so that patients and their family members do not have to leave the area for specialty care.

If the plan receives state approval, The Silver Oaks Hospital project would create over 200 new healthcare and many construction jobs in addition to generating tax revenue for the Village of New Lenox and Will County. Development of the 2-story, 67,000 sq. ft. hospital will begin late summer of 2017 and open in 2019. Updates will be available at www.silvercross.org.

 

About Silver Cross Hospital                   

Silver Cross Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years, a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score SM by The Leapfrog Group. With over 4,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 296-bed acute care hospital and 5 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital in 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. In 2015, Silver Cross provided over $40 million in charity care and other community benefits. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org. Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

 

About US HealthVest

US HealthVest is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services.  US HealthVest operates Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute and Ridgeview Institute Monroe and is developing additional hospitals near Chicago, Atlanta and Seattle.  Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and day hospital services for adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit www.ushealthvest.com.

US HealthVest Acquires Ridgeview Institute

January 06, 2017

Strengthens Behavioral Health Service Offering in Atlanta

January 6, 2017 – Atlanta, Georgia

US HealthVest announced the acquisition of Ridgeview Institute, a leading non-profit provider of mental health and addiction services in the Atlanta region. Ridgeview was founded in 1976 and has served more than 70,000 patients.

“We are delighted to add Ridgeview to our strong portfolio of hospitals,” said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and CEO of US HealthVest. “Ridgeview is a premier provider of behavioral health services and we look forward to offering the same high quality of care that has distinguished this institution for so many years. This acquisition offers strategic growth and strengthens our service offering in the Atlanta region.”

Located on a 37-acre campus with ten buildings, Ridgeview is licensed for 148 psychiatric hospital beds. Ridgeview provides a full continuum of mental health and addiction treatment to adolescents, adults and seniors. Ridgeview, which has earned a national reputation in its 40 years of existence, offers many specialized programs including services for youth, recovering professionals and women affected by eating disorders.

Atlanta is a core market for US HealthVest due to strong population growth and an increasing and unmet need for psychiatric care. US HealthVest is opening a 70-bed psychiatric hospital in Monroe, Georgia later this month and is developing a 75-bed psychiatric hospital in Newnan, Georgia. The Ridgeview acquisition allows US HealthVest to strengthen its position in the Atlanta market by offering comprehensive service offerings and solidifying relationships with payers and providers.

About US HealthVest

US HealthVest is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services.  US HealthVest operates Chicago Behavioral Hospital and Ridgeview Institute and is developing additional psychiatric hospitals near Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle.  Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and day hospital services for adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit www.ushealthvest.com.

 

Construction phase complete at new behavioral hospital in Monroe, GA

January 05, 2017

January 5, 2017 – Monroe, Georgia

US HealthVest has completed construction on a new facility in Monroe, GA. The 70-bed hospital is on track to begin taking patients mid-January, 2017. The hospital’s grand opening celebration is scheduled for January 12, 2017.

Construction remains on schedule for Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

January 05, 2017

January 5, 2017 – Marysville, Washington

Construction on Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is past the mid-point mark and remains on schedule to be completed by the end of June, 2017. The 115-bed facility will be a state-of-the art hospital providing mental health and chemical dependency services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults.