Jackson Recovery moves closer to building $9 million hospital on west side
Jackson Recovery's CEO says young people with psychiatric or emotional problems often have to go to Sioux Falls, S.D., or Omaha, Neb., for treatment.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
We often think of adults having addiction problems, but experts say the number teens needing "crisis care" is growing.
That's why Jackson Recovery wants to build a $9 million hospital on land off of West 4th Street on Sioux City's west side.
When completed, 48,000 square foot hospital would include 72 inpatient beds for adolescents with substance abuse issues, a 12-bed Child and adolescent psychiatric crisis and stabilization unit, and provide space for outpatient services and education.
Jackson Recovery's CEO says young people with psychiatric or emotional problems often have to go to Sioux Falls, S.D., or Omaha, Neb., for treatment
"The beds across the state of Iowa are full right now, so there's a need, and it's Jackson's vision to be able to make sure that we are able to meet the needs of our children right here in Sioux City and the Siouxland community," said Kermit Dahlen, CEO of Jackson Recovery, Inc.
Jackson Recovery currently has 40 beds targeted for teens inside the Boys and Girls Home building at 21st and Court. The new hospital, which would be built next to Jackson's River Hills facility, would also create 25 new jobs.
Dahlen says they hope to open in 2015.
But before ground can be broken, Jackson Recovery needs to buy the land from the city. That was approved Monday.
The city council voted to accept a purchase price of $177,000 for 19 acres.
The land is currently used by the city to dump snow, plowed from streets during the winter. Since construction won't begin until spring, the city will continue to use the site this winter.
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