- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A health care company is working to open the first private hospital in Topeka since the famed Menninger psychiatric clinic left town more than a decade ago.

Plans call for the Freedom Behavioral Hospital of Topeka to open its door in Topeka within a week. The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/2gJ3eJu ) reports that it is housed in a former nursing home facility that underwent a $3.5 million renovation. The facility will add 24 beds for seniors age 50 and up to in-patient mental health care options in the capital city.

Jason Reed is president and CEO of the parent company, Freedom Healthcare, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He says the hospital is awaiting final regulatory approval from one agency.

He says the hospital already is receiving calls from people seeking services.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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