Strategic Behavioral Health eyes Bettendorf land

Expect to close next week on purchase of nearly 8-acre parcel near I-74

Management of the Memphis company planning to build a private psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf is getting closer to that facility becoming a reality.

Local 4 News spoke this afternoon with Mike Garone, Strategic Behavioral Health's Director of Development.

They expect to close next week on the purchase of a nearly 8-acre parcel of land near Interstate 74 just south of Unity Point's Bettendorf hospital.

Once the land is purchased, Garone says the project will enter the design, submission and approval process.

In July, the State of Iowa granted a "Certificate of Need' over the objections of both Genesis and Unity Point Health Systems, who expressed concern that a private facility would draw insured patients away from the hospitals that depend on that revenue to fund their operations.

Strategic Behavioral Health hopes to break ground in March or April.

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