$5.7M psychiatric hospital planned for Maryland Heights

$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

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