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Mission Health breaks ground on promised Asheville behavioral health facility

Courtesy of Mission Health
Rendering of Sweeten Creek Mental Health and Wellness Center. The center is expected to open in 2023.

Recently, Mission Health broke ground on the new behavioral health facility in Asheville.

The $62 million facility was part of Mission Health’s deal when purchased by HCA Healthcare in 2019. HCA promised that it would build the facility within 5 years of obtaining the purchase after the permits.  

“We are so proud of this new facility as it expands our ability and capacity to care for our patients and provides additional services to our area,” said Melina Arrowwood, COO, Behavioral Health Services, Mission Health in a press release.

Mission Health currently has 82 beds at Mission Hospital for behavioral health patients out of the 815 beds at the hospital. Once the new behavioral center is open all of the behavioral health patients will be at the new facility (minus emergency/acute patients), according to Mission.

That means that the new 120-bed facility will add 38 more beds for behavioral health patients from across the region at Mission.

The facility will be 84,000 square feet including a therapy gymnasium, music therapy, art therapy, outdoor recreation space, gardening and more on 26-acre property. The facility will offer care for patients of all ages. 

“We are furthering our investment in our Western North Carolina community by providing this much-needed facility and adding additional resources to care for the area we serve,” said Chad Patrick, CEO of Mission Hospital in a press release.

The Sweeten Creek Mental Health and Wellness Center is expected to open in early 2023.

Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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