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Behavioral health firm plans to build 48-bed Central Texas hospital

 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Oceans Healthcare, with 16 facilities in three states, will break ground Thursday for the 48-bed Oceans Behavioral Hospital in Waco.

The company says the hospital at 5931 Crosslake Parkway near Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center will have a staff of about 90 including clinical and non-clinical positions.

“Our company has made a commitment to expand mental health treatment access and education in communities across Texas,” said Stuart Archer, CEO of Oceans Healthcare.

“We are grateful for the opportunity now to share that commitment with the residents of McLennan County and look forward to many years serving as a trusted health care resource.”

The hospital will provide inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults from 18 to 54 and for older residents, as well, managing depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders associated with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia, and other behavioral health issues, the company said in a press release Monday.

The 15-year-old company has seven hospitals in Texas.

The Waco facility will be its eighth in the state.

Oceans also operates facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana.

A member of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness says there’s a shortage of mental health professionals in McLennan County.

Local NAMI treasurer Amy Lowrey said any new clinic would help.

“Some clinics or doctors aren’t accepting any new patients, others don’t want to deal with the uphill battle of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements,” she asid.

“So approximately 60 percent of Americans last year did not receive us assistance for different reasons such as insurance benefits just availability in the community and also just stigma from mental illness.”

(Ke’Sha Lopez contributed to this story)

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