VAN WYCK — A 42-bed hospital specializing in substance abuse and behavioral health treatment is moving closer to opening in Lancaster County.
Rebound Behavioral Health has renovated a series of buildings once occupied by Crenshaw Creek Rehabilitation Facility, which closed about 10 years ago.
Work on the administrative offices finished this week, and work on the residential building at the site is ongoing. Sept. 1 is a target date for accepting patients, CEO Bruce Melosh said.
Parent company Acadia Healthcare has invested about $8 million to buy and renovate buildings on the 50-acre site just east of Van Wyck in Lancaster County. When fully operational, Rebound officials expect the facility to employ about 75 people for the 24-hour-a-day operation.
Rebound anticipates filling critical needs in both substance abuse and behavioral health treatment. Many people needing those services in the region now are taken to Columbia, Charleston or other locations in the state.
“I’m glad they are coming; there is a need,” said Paul Comely, executive director of the Catawba Community Mental Health Center in Rock Hill. He said the center anticipates contracting with Rebound for residential treatment.
Rebound is certified by the state for 18 beds in substance abuse treatment. The remaining beds are for behavioral health patients.
Melosh said Rebound should help alleviate overcrowding of hospital emergency rooms by psychiatric patients.
Hospitals can’t discharge these patients until they are treated or transferred to where they can get treatment, said therapist Annie Fongheiser, Rebound’s director of business development.
Rebound initially will concentrate on inpatient services and hopes to quickly expand to outpatient services as well. The hospital anticipates taking patients from Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, Chester Regional Medical Center and hospitals in the Charlotte region.
Dr. Paul Brar, a Charlotte-based psychiatrist, is Rebound’s medical director. Dr. Keith Shealy of Lancaster also is on staff. He is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Melosh has been an administrator for several hospitals concentrating on behavioral services.
Acadia Healthcare is a for-profit public system. In 2012, it added more than 1,500 beds by acquiring hospitals, adding beds at current facilities and opening hospitals.
Rebound is the company’s first facility in South Carolina.
Don Worthington • 803-329-4066