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State board approves collaborative inpatient Behavioral Health Services project

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL) – St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (SEB) and Touchette Regional Hospital (TRH) today received approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for each of their Certificate of Need (CON) applications. The CONs will allow Touchette to create a Regional Mental Health Center of Excellence while St. Elizabeth’s transitions from providing inpatient Behavioral Health Services (BHS). 

Both hospitals can now proceed with developing a Regional Mental Health Center of Excellence at Touchette in Centreville. The Center will deliver BHS more efficiently in the region, providing for easier access to services and enhancing overall patient satisfaction, quality care, and safety.

The collaboration will allow Touchette to more than double its number of inpatient BHS beds, while St. Elizabeth’s will proceed with plans to close its BHS unit in approximately two years. 

“We’re excited that we can now move forward and work with Touchette so they can expand their facility and add inpatient beds to better meet the needs of patients in the Metro East region,” said Maryann Reese, President and CEO, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), of which St. Elizabeth’s is an affiliate, is guaranteeing a $10 million construction loan to Touchette so it can expand its inpatient AMI unit and create an environment conducive to patient care that leverages the latest advances in evidence based medicine.  Currently, Touchette has 12 licensed AMI beds and is seeking State approval to expand to 30 beds.  The average daily census for Touchette’s AMI unit is 7.7 patients. St. Elizabeth’s AMI unit has an average daily census of 18-20 patients. 

“We are looking forward to operationalizing this collaborative effort and creating a new Center of Excellence that we believe will be an innovative model for enhancing the care for patients suffering from mental illness and substance abuse,” said Dr. Tom Mikkelson, Chief Operating Officer, Touchette Regional Hospital. “We appreciate the tremendous support from regional partners such as the St. Clair County Department of Public Health and Mental Health Board.”

“I want to thank the State Review Board for approving both of our projects and recognizing that we are working together to do what’s best for patients.  This partnership helps to extend the missions and longstanding heritage of both institutions,” added Reese

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