Updated: 06/09/2014 4:19 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 1:40 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Official plans detailing a new child and teen psychiatric facility in Brooklyn Park show it will be the largest of its kind in Minnesota.
PrairieCare will build a state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital with 50 in-patient beds, Todd Archbold, chief development officer for PrairieCare, said in a statement.
The privately-funded, 72,000-square-foot center is expected to open by fall of 2015.
PrairieCare currently runs a 25-bed hospital in Maple Grove, which runs at capacity most of the year, Archbold says. A new 6,500-square-foot facility is expected to open in Rochester sometime this month.
The new Brooklyn Park facility will have the ability to treat more than 1,500 youth each year. Joel Oberstar, CEO and Chief Medical Officer, says local children and teens struggle for access to intensive and specialized care.
"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," Oberstar said in a statement. "The addition of these beds will greatly increase patients' access to high quality, compassionate mental health care."
PrairieCare is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School.
According to PraireCare's website, the company employs nearly 270 staff and clinicians. Archbold says the new care facility will create an additional 200 jobs.