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.