State grants certificate of need for new psychiatric hospital in West Knoxville

This is in addition to the new 57-bed Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital that will be built on the same property.

Author: WBIR Staff

Published: 5:27 PM EST February 26, 2020

Updated: 10:06 AM EST February 27, 2020

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville will soon be home to a brand new psychiatric hospital.

The new Knoxville Center for Behavioral Medicine will be a partnership between National HealthCare Corporation (“NHC”), Tennova Healthcare, The University of Tennessee Medical Center (“UTMC”) and Reliant Healthcare.

The state has granted the Certificate of Need for the 64-bed hospital, which will be located near the corner of Middlebrook Pike and Old Weisgarber Road. 


“We are pleased to be working together with other reputable healthcare providers to offer compassionate, quality care to adults and seniors in our community who may be experiencing mental or emotional difficulties,” said Tony Benton, chief executive officer of Tennova Healthcare – East Tennessee Market. “We are excited to bring back a much-needed service that was long-established at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville until the hospital closure 14 months ago. Together, we are able to do what is best for this community.”

According to the release, the project will relocate 38 licensed inpatient beds from other Tennova hospitals and create 26 new beds dedicated to behavioral medicine services for the East Tennessee area. It will serve both adult and geriatric patients.

Construction on the 55,000 square-foot facility is projected to start in 2021 with an opening in 2022, subject to all necessary approvals. It's expected to bring 100 new jobs to Knoxville.

“We see a great need for additional behavioral medicine inpatient treatment services in East Tennessee on a regular basis here at The University of Tennessee Medical Center,” said Joe Landsman, President and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “This collaborative effort between the medical center, Tennova Healthcare, National HealthCare Corporation, and Reliant Healthcare will bring experienced, high-quality care and will address the need and access issues for many in our 16-county region who are struggling with behavioral medicine related concerns.”

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CON approved for psychiatric care facility in Maryland Heights

By Alisha Shurr


May 6, 2019



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A soon-to-be new facility in St. Louis County is aiming to address an unmet need in the area: psychiatric beds for geriatric patients. On Monday, the proposed Maryland Heights Center for Cognitive Disorders received a certificate of need (CON) for the project.


“The proposed unit will focus on serving the needs of the geriatric population in St. Louis County and the surrounding area. The services offered by the unit will particularly serve the elderly in the community who require inpatient hospitalization due to mental disorders,” the application states. 


The need-based formula used by the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee shows a need for 328 psychiatric beds in the Maryland Heights Center service area. Representatives with the center contended the need is specifically greater for the geriatric population.


The Maryland Heights Center is expected to cost $5.7 million and be completed within the year. The committee unanimously approved of the project.


The 16-bed psychiatric hospital was just one of several agenda items at one of six yearly certificate of need meetings for the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee


A new $5.1 million assisted living facility in Raytown, Missouri, was awarded a certificate of need. The Turnleaf Villas Senior Community is set to provide 10 private bedrooms for assisted living in a single facility, 18 private bedrooms for Alzheimer’s Memory Care in two facilities and 14 two-bedroom, two-bath, and single-car garage townhomes for senior independent living.


“Seniors will have access to various types of care and have the ability to live within the same community through their lives and remain comfortably with the people, [surroundings], and services they are familiar with,” the application states. 


Turnleaf Villas did receive some pushback on their proposed 56-bed unit. Sen. Mike Cunningham raised questions on how it would affect a nearby facility which covers a large Medicaid population is currently struggling with staffing needs. He was the lone no vote on the proposal.


Belton Regional Medical Center and Saint Luke’s East Hospital both received unanimous approval to purchase a robotic surgery system.


The committee postponed making a decision on Sunshine Villa Homes application to purchase 4-ALF beds from Delta South. Both facilities are owned by the same individual.


The bed transfer was already postponed from an earlier expedited ballot and was postponed again, this time until the July 7 meeting. Unless the committee takes action, the request will automatically take effect on July 15.

Alisha Shurr


Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at



$5.7M psychiatric hospital planned for Maryland Heights

Mar 28, 2019, 6:00am CDT

A Tennessee-based health care services provider is planning a $5.7 million psychiatric hospital in Maryland Heights focused on geriatric patients.

National HealthCare Corp. (NYSE: NHC), headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is looking to construct Maryland Heights Center for Cognitive Disorders, a 16-bed, 12,804-square-foot hospital on NHC's Maryland Heights campus, located at 2920 Fee Fee Road.

The new facility will bring about 35 full-time-equivalent jobs and a payroll of nearly $1.6 million, according to information filed with the city of Maryland Heights' Planning & Zoning Commission.

Construction is anticipated to begin in September, with the hospital projected to see its first patient in July 2020, according to a Certificate of Need (CON) application filed with the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee, which will review the project application at its May 6 meeting. 

The new hospital will be owned and operated by NHC Maryland Heights Behavioral Services LLC, an entity jointly owned by NHC HealthCare/Maryland Heights LLC; Tennessee-based real estate investment trust National Health Investors Inc. (NYSE: NHI); and Birmingham, Alabama-based Reliant Healthcare LLC. Reliant Healthcare, which specializes in inpatient geriatric psychiatric services, will manage the new Maryland Heights Center for Cognitive Disorders, according to the CON application.

The new hospital will focus on serving the geriatric population in St. Louis County and the surrounding area. Services offered will particularly serve the elderly in the community who require inpatient hospitalization due to mental disorders, including cognitive illnesses, according to the filing. The new facility will purchase services such as dietary, laundry and maintenance from NHC HealthCare, Maryland Heights -- the company's existing 220-bed skilled nursing and rehab center on the campus.

The $5.7 million development cost projection includes about $4.25 million in construction costs, according to the application. The psychiatric hospital would include four private rooms and six semi-private rooms, with group dining facilities, central nursing stations, an activity room, group quiet room and a family visit area.

The city of Maryland Heights granted the new facility a conditional use permit last month. Michael Zeek, Maryland Heights' city planner, said NHC has until July 8 to submit plans for construction, after requesting a 60-day extension last week.

Officials for NHC HealthCare, Maryland Heights, were not available for comment.

In the St. Louis area, NHC operates four skilled nursing facilities, two assisted living facilities and one memory-care assisted living facility. In 2018, NHC HealthCare, Maryland Heights, was ranked 16th on the Business Journal's list of St. Louis' largest skilled nursing facilities; its Town & Country facility ranked fifth.

Brian Robbins


St. Louis Business Journal

February 23, 2019  -  Reliant Healthcare and NHC completed all requirements and submitted an application to the Missouri Health and Senior Services to apply for a license to build a 16 bed Geriatric Behavioral Health Hospital.

February 7, 2019 -  The City of Maryland Heights, City Council,  voted and passed with a unanimous vote, a bill regarding Reliant Healthcare (RHC) and National Healthcare (NHC). The bill “proposed for an ordinance enacting a conditional use permit for a nursing care facility at 2920 Fee Fee Road.” This Conditional Use Bill will enable Reliant Healthcare and NHC to move forward with their efforts to develop, build and manage a 16 bed Geriatric Behavioral Health Hospital on the NHC Maryland Heights campus. This will be an addition to the 220 bed SNF that has been in existence since 1995.The project will employ approximately 35 full time employees in a 12,000 s.f. state of the art facility, bringing an increased level of care never offered in this community before. This will be the second facility of similar services that has been developed in the state of Missouri through the joint efforts of Reliant Healthcare and NHC.

February 1, 2019: Coming soon new 16 bed hospital, Center for Cognitive Disorders located on the Maryland Heights, NHC campus. 2920 Fee Fee Road Maryland Heights, MO. 63043

Press Release

For Immediate Release




OSAGE BEACH, MO – DECEMBER 5, 2014:  Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders (OBCCD) today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

OBCCD underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey on October 17th. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders is a 14-bed adult inpatient treatment program located on the campus of the Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage Beach, Missouri. OBCCD, independently owned by NHC Reliant Psychiatric Services, LLC, is licensed as a psychiatric hospital and will add a medical specialty that is currently unavailable to the estimated 224, 000 individuals living within the 8-county primary service area of the facility.

OBCCD, with its full complement of licensed mental health professionals, will provide intensive, inpatient treatment for conditions often associated with aging and/or that impact the cognitive abilities or functioning of individuals.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend (name of organization) for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added David Garvin, Administrator/CEO of OBCCD. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations: The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications. Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

For further information contact:
Thomas Flanagan, Administrator


April 29, 2014

Center for Cognitive Disorders Hosted Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Open House Osage Beach, MO ∙ April 29, 2014 – Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders (OBCCD) hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Open House on Friday, April 25, 2014.


The event was kicked off with Olin McCormick, CEO/Administrator welcoming the guests followed by remarks from Dave Crane, Board Member of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Robert Hyatt, Sr. VP of Medical Affairs for Lake Regional Health System, Palmer “Nick” Nichols, Vice President of Membership Services for Missouri Hospital Association, Rep. Rocky Miller, State Representative District 124 and Rep. Diane Franklin, State Representative District 123. Following the ribbon cutting tours of the hospital were given to over 75 guests, refreshments were served and staff members were available to answer questions about the facility.

OBCCD is a new 14-bed neuro-cognitive inpatient treatment facility located on the campus of the Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. While OBCCD is licensed as a free-standing acute care psychiatric hospital, it will be sharing some support and ancillary services with the Rehabilitation and Health Center.

Located in Camden County, OBCCD will add a medical specialty that is currently unavailable to the estimated 224, 000 individuals living within the primary service area of the facility. OBCCD will create approximately 45 new full-time equivalent jobs for the community, most will be highly paid positions that require skill and experience and will generate new tax revenue, including, but not limited to: property, employee payroll, individual income, and sales tax for the local community and the state of Missouri.

“I am excited and pleased that we are able to provide this much needed service to residents and visitors in the greater Lake of the Ozarks area. We are blessed with having been able to recruit professional, caring physicians and staff and hope to begin accepting our first patients in May of 2014.” said Olin McCormick, CEO for OBCCD.

Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders is located at 840 Passover Road in Osage Beach.

​For Further Information contact:

Jim Harper 205-313-0445


(L to R) James Harper, Chairman, Reliant Healthcare Corporation, Ray Luccasen, President, Reliant Healthcare Corporation, Olin McCormick, CEO/Administrator, Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders, Jeff Basler, Administrator, NHC Osage Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center, Mel Rector, Vice President, National Healthcare Corporation, Dr. Ron Lacey, Chief Medical Officer, Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders