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Old St. Joe Hospital Renovations Continue with New Opportunities for Huntingburg

Huntingburg (NNDC):

A geriatric behavioral health facility should be completed at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital towards the end of March baring unexpected events.

The facility plans on accepting patients around the end of April.  Administrators comment that the project is coming along nicely and that they are anxious to have it completed soon.

Assurance Health is an Indianapolis company that owns and operates six geriatric sites in Indiana and 2 other states. Assurance is working for Dr. Ijaz Mahmood and other Huntingburg partners to complete the local facility.

Mahmood, is an oncologist and hematologist in Kentucky, mentioned that the renovated facility will be called Crossroads Behavioral Health, and will offer services for people of all ages in different categories, such as veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder and the elderly dealing with dementia.

The facility is planned to have 40 beds,  along with being able to add other services in the future. There will be one floor will dedicated to issues like addiction and substance abuse, as well as services for veterans dealing with PTSD. Another floor will focus on behavioral health geared to the elderly, and will include 16 beds.

The first phase of the project has been finished. The second floor has been remodeled making it into the 16-bed geriatric psychiatric facility.

About $5.5 million has been spent so far the second phase, which will include the rest of the work, should cost about $10 million.

The facility is on track to be completed by the end of March. After paperwork, some surveys and inspections are completed, the goal is to have the facility open for patients around the end of April.

Mayor Spinner commented that staff is also being hired from the local community and when the north side of the site was developed into The Lofts at St. Joseph’s, the city conveyed a $50,000 economic development grant for the project. The city council could also gave a $50,000 economic development grant to be used for the development of Crossroads Behavioral Health, he said. Money for the grant has been set aside in the city’s economic development income tax fund.

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