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OSF HealthCare plans for new 100-bed behavioral health hospital in Peoria

Jeff Smudde

OSF HealthCare is announcing plans to build one of the state's largest behavioral health hospitals in Peoria.

The health care organization is partnering with psychiatric hospital developer US HealthVest to build a 100-bed hospital on Illinois Route 91, near existing OSF facilities.

In a press release, OSF claimed the hospital would the largest of its type for adults in Illinois south of Chicago.

The new hospital will offer "a full continuum of behavioral health services," per a press release. That includes inpatient and intensive outpatient care programs, as well as partial hospitalizations. The hospital will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hospital will serve a 13-county area, including Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, LaSalle, Knox, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Stark, Fulton, McDonough, Warren, and Henderson counties.

The most recent Community Health Needs Assessment identified a need for more behavioral health service, and prioritized mental health in the Tri-County area.

US HealthVest is licensed for over 400 beds in Illinois. All of them are in the Chicago area.

Nobody from OSF HealthCare was immediately made available for an interview.

Pending regulatory approvals, OSF and US HealthVest anticipate opening the new hospital in late 2024 or early 2025.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.