Renovations will soon begin on a vacant building in Leavenworth, Kan. once known as Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital.
The health system announced in summer 2020 it would be closing the hospital, citing financial strain. Its doors officially closed in October 2020.
Leavenworth County government now owns the property, which was donated by Saint Luke’s.
In early April it was revealed county commissioners signed off on a five-year lease agreement with CenterPointe Behavioral Health to turn the building into a psychiatric facility.
Centerpointe hopes to use a portion of the building for mental health services by setting up 20 beds for in-patient psychiatric treatment, as well as providing outpatient programs.
Tennessee-based CenterPointe Behavioral Health System offers psychiatric care at two other locations in the Kansas City area, through Liberty Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital. Mental health services from CenterPointe at these locations are offered under the name Signature Psychiatric.
With limited mental healthcare options in the area, the proposal was pitched as some noted a growing need for services on the Kansas side of the metro.
A revamp of the space is expected to cost around $5 million. CenterPointe hopes to open its Leavenworth location for operation in January 2021.