- Associated Press - Friday, July 21, 2017

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - A state board has approved construction of a psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf.

The Iowa Health Facilities Council voted 4-1 Thursday at its meeting in Ankeny in favor of the $15 million, 72-bed hospital proposed by Strategic Behavioral Health, which is based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The project was opposed by two major health care systems in the Quad Cities area. Their officials told the board they already offer sufficient services and would be harmed by a facility built by the for-profit company.

Supporters testified that the hospital would provide desperately needed mental health services for eastern Iowa.

The Iowa Health Facilities Council is charged with determining whether large health care projects are necessary or whether they would create expensive duplications of services.

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