State Approves Plan to Build Behavioral Health Hospital in New Lenox

New Lenox, IL (June 21, 2017)—Yesterday, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved Silver Cross Hospital and US HealthVest’s certificate of need application to build a 100-bed psychiatric hospital in New Lenox. The $24 million Silver Oaks Hospital will address the mental health and substance abuse crisis in Will and Grundy counties by expanding inpatient and outpatient services.

“While Silver Cross Hospital has had a 20 bed adult inpatient mental health unit for many years, we recognize that it is too small and because of that we cannot provide specialized services by patient condition,” said Paul Pawlak, President/CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “By partnering with US HealthVest to build and operate this new hospital, we will be able to offer a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services for youth, adults, and seniors so they can stay close to home for expert care.

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. US HealthVest also operates two psychiatric hospitals in Atlanta and a psychiatric hospital near Seattle.

“The outpouring of community support for this project has been overwhelming,” said Dr. Richard Kresch, psychiatrist and President and CEO of US HealthVest. “We are delighted to work with Silver Cross to expand access to care for patients regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. Both Silver Cross Hospital and US HealthVest are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive care at the right place, at the right time, every time.”

Dire Need for Mental Health Services

One in four Americans across the country suffer from a mental health condition. According to the 2016 Will County Community Needs assessment, mental health has been identified as the top unmet need year after year. Area emergency rooms and jails are filled with people waiting for placement. In fact, 70% of healthcare providers surveyed said they refer people with mental illnesses to local emergency departments because of access issues. With the closing of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center in 2012, there has been a shortage of beds forcing more than 60% of mental health and chemically dependent patients to leave the area for care. Because of these gaps in service, many have gone without treatment leading to the increase in addictions to opiates, heroin and alcohol in our community. Yet, despite massive community outreach efforts, heroin claimed the lives of 70 victims in Will County last year alone.

Furthermore, the latest Will County Community Health Status Assessment reports that in 2016 there were 58 suicides with the majority attributed to gunshot wounds, hangings and drug overdoses. Substance abuse among 12th graders has increased since 2012. And, alcohol is the primary substance abused with marijuana coming in second.

“Not only will Silver Oaks Hospital expand mental health and substance abuse services in our community, but will also greatly improve the quality of life for our patients,” Pawlak said.

Construction of the 2-story, 68,000 sq. ft. hospital will begin in fall 2017 and is scheduled for completion in December 2018. The secured facility will be located on approximately 5 acres of land on the west side of Silver Cross Hospital’s campus at I-355 and Route 6. Updates will be available at

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 Grade 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 2016, Silver Cross provided over $36 million in charity care and other community benefits. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit 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, Ridgeview Institute Monroe and Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital.  Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and outpatient 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

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