PrairieCare to open new hospital

PrairieCare has announced plans for a new child and adolescent psychiatric hospital located in Brooklyn Park. The new facility is expected to be open by fall of 2015 and will be PrairieCare’s sixth location in Minnesota.

The state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital will be a privately-funded 72,000 square foot free-standing facility that will include 50 inpatient beds for children and adolescents, the largest of its kind in Minnesota. This new facility will have the capacity to treat more than 1,500 youth annually who currently struggle to find options for intensive and specialized care. PrairieCare currently operates a 25-bed hospital in Maple Grove that runs at capacity most of the year.

Joel V. Oberstar, MD, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of PrairieCare said, “There are hundreds of youth in the Twin Cities in psychiatric emergencies who wait for hours in emergency departments or have to travel tremendous distances to get the care they need. The addition of these beds will greatly increase patients’ access to high quality, compassionate mental health care.”

The new hospital will increase service capacity and complement PrairieCare’s existing continuum-of-care that includes outpatient clinic, intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs and inpatient services. PrairieCare has been recognized as a fast-growing provider of psychiatric services in the Twin Cities. The new location will create an additional 200 jobs.