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Illinois Board Approves New Lenox Psychiatric Hospital

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The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has approved plans for a 100-bed psychiatric hospital to address a substance abuse crisis in two of the state's counties.

The $24.3 million facility will be located in New Lenox, approximately 36 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. 

Silver Cross Hospital has partnered with US HealthVest, a behavioral health care firm, to build and operate the two-story facility.

Paul Pawlak, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital, says the partnership will allow for more inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall and is expected to be completed by December 2018.