After more than a year of construction, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is opening its new 77,000 square-foot, 126-bed behavioral health facility in Lancaster.
Hospital officials broke ground on the $30 million project in May 2017. It represents a joint venture between LG Health and Montgomery County-based Universal Health Services, which operates a national chain of psychiatric hospitals.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Thursday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. The hospital is located at 333 Harrisburg Ave., near Clipper Magazine Stadium. It will start serving patients July 9.
The new behavioral health facility helps fill a need in the community for more mental health resources, Stacey Youcis, senior vice president of service lines and population health for LG Health, said in a previous interview.
The hospital is currently hiring staff, but once that’s complete, the new facility will have more than 250 employees, said Jane Crawford, a spokesperson for Universal Health.
When it opens, the Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital will feature an inpatient unit for adolescents, as well as services for sexual-assault victims and women with a history of traumatic injuries because of domestic violence, according to a press release.
The hospital’s CEO is Jayne Van Bramer, who was appointed in November.
“Lancaster County’s growing population and greater recognition for mental and physical health care led us to determine that a hospital dedicated to behavioral health was essential to filling the service gaps that existed in our community,” Bramer said in a statement.
On Saturday, the hospital will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL play Herschel Walker will make a guest appearance to share his personal story about mental health.