OREM -- After more than two years of planning, a new behavioral hospital is open in Orem. The Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital at the mouth of Provo Canyon still is in the process of getting accreditation but has been seeing patients since early November.
"We have opened in stages," CEO Jeremy Cottle said. "In order to open our doors up wide we need the Joint Commission accreditation, but so far we have had great outcomes; we have had great patient satisfaction scores."
Currently only two of the hospital's five wings are open to patients, but the accreditation team was there on Wednesday, and Cottle says he hopes to be fully accredited in 30 days.
Once fully functional the hospital will be able to treat 80 patients at a time, with stays ranging from five to 10 days.
"Our goal is to help patients with pharmaceuticals or help them with the life crisis they are dealing with and get them back into their home," Cottle said.
The hospital treats patients suffering from a range of mental disorders, including depression and anxiety. It also sees patients for substance abuse.
Cottle says there was a huge need for another mental hospital able to see adults.
"The reason we created the hospital was to serve the community and fulfill a need here in the community," Cottle said. "We want to be here to treat those that need it but to also be a resource for the community and for other doctors wanting to get advice."
Cottle says the hospital has two full-time doctors on staff -- a psychiatrist and a family practice doctor -- but he says they are recruiting others and have several ready to come on board as the hospital fully opens.
Wasatch Mental Health currently handles most of the mental health needs in Utah County.
"There is always a need," Doran Williams, associate director at Wasatch Mental Health, said. "I don't think we ever have enough psych beds in the state."
Williams says they will add Provo Canyon Behavioral to the list of mental health facilities they already work with in the county.
"Hopefully this new hospital will eliminate patients having to leave Utah County for inpatient treatment," Williams said. "Our goal is to keep patients in the community, that way they have support from their family and important people in their lives."
Patients ages 13 and older will be able to be treated at the new facility.
"The biggest benefit is that they will give us some children and youth beds once they are up and going," Williams said. "There isn't any other place with children and youth beds in the county."