St. Dominic's New Behavioral Health Facility to Open April 30


(April 25, 2012, Jackson, Miss.) The first phase of St. Dominic's new Behavioral Health Services building housing the acute care psychiatric hospital is now complete and will open for patients on April 30.


Instead of renovating the existing Behavioral Health Services building which was in need of substantial repairs, St. Dominic's partially razed the building and reconstructed it in the same location.


While part of the facility will remain under construction, the side of the facility where patients are treated will be operational. The entire project has an expected completion date in 2013.

This new facility is uniquely designed, without an equal in the Southeast. The building was designed after St. Dominic's administrators toured some of the most advanced facilities offering this type of care.

“With the opening of the new behavioral health services building, we are 2/3s of the way to the completion of the first new facility for the treatment of the mentally ill that has been built in many, many years,” said William M. Valverde, M.D., Medical Director of St. Dominic's Behavioral Health. "This building is proof of St. Dominic's commitment to living out its mission to bring health care to those who are in need.”


When fully completed, the 77-bed, two-story, state-of-the-art facility will contain 56,500 square feet on the first level and 21,500 square feet on the second level.


About St. Dominic’s

St. Dominic’s is more than just a hospital. It is a family of services focused on fulfilling a mission of Christian healing to those in need. St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. is the parent company for a large group of subsidiary organizations and programs dedicated to the same mission. These include St. Dominic Hospital, the Community Health Services Clinic, St. Dominic Medical Associates (physician network), New Directions for Over 55, MEA Clinics, The Club at St. Dominic’s, the School Nurse Program, St. Dominic’s Foundation, St. Catherine’s Village and Care-A-Van.


St. Dominic Hospital is a 535-bed tertiary care hospital located in Jackson, MS serving all of central Mississippi and employs approximately 3,000 nurses, physicians, and skilled caregivers. The medical staff, of nearly 500 leading physicians and specialists, makes St. Dominic’s one of the most comprehensive hospitals in Mississippi. Through 65 years of growth, St. Dominic’s has remained true to its vision. We are St. Dominic’s – a Christian healing community called to provide quality, compassionate care and an Exceptional Encounter Everytime.