- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A psychiatric hospital for people with severe medical and neurological conditions is expected to open next year in northwest Indiana.

NeuroBehavioral Hospital in Crown Point will have more than 70 inpatient beds, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported . The hospital will specialize in treating mental health disorders, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Patients typically stay about two weeks until they’re stabilized and then return to the referring facility.

The company gets referrals from emergency rooms, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, adult day cares and nursing homes.

“We’re almost like an ICU for psychiatric patients,” said Christy Gilbert, president and board member of parent company NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals. “Most hospitals actually don’t want to take care of these patients. There’s nowhere for these patients to go.”

Gilbert said the company’s other facilities in Mishawaka, Indianapolis and Bremen received so many patients from northwest Indiana that the company decided to open a location in the region. The company is privately held, and its headquarters are in South Bend.

The hospital will accept most commercial insurers and Medicare, but Medicaid will only be accepted as a secondary insurance.

The facility will begin hiring up to 200 employees later this year or early next year. Nearly 20 employees will specialize in psychiatry, internal medicine and neurology.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.nwitimes.com

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