Sun Behavioral Health NKY Ribbon Cutting
Official Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, February 22, 2018 —
SUN Behavioral Health 197-bed hospital in Erlanger completed, will begin to accept new patients in May
Northern Kentucky Tribune, February 20, 2018 —
Two years to the day after ground was broken, the ribbon was cut to officially open SUN Behavioral Health hospital in Erlanger Monday.
The 197-bed hospital will transfer in a handful of adolescents from NorthKey Community Care today, but is not expected to begin receiving additional patients until late April or early May.
The 149,000 square-foot hospital, a partnership with SUN Behavioral Health and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, is expected to employ about 400 people.
Rick Harding, MPA, BSN-RN, as New CEO
June 8, 2017 for Immediate Release
Houston, TX — SUN Behavioral Houston, a trusted leader in the mental health community, announced the appointment of Rick Harding, MPA, BSN-RN, as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Harding brings 25 years of relevant industry experience to his new role having previously served as the CEO of a regional psychiatric hospital system in the Dallas / Fort Worth area where he directed leadership of three (3) hospitals with 260 beds and 4 outpatient sites. With earlier roles including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Operations Officer for other freestanding psychiatric hospitals, he has held responsibility for all aspects of the inpatient and community-based services, business development, hospital-based partial and intensive outpatient programs.
The announcement followed an extensive nationwide search by the SUN Behavioral corporate leadership, whom selected Mr. Harding out of many outstanding candidates. He is a proven and steadfast leader who’s patient-first approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in extending our record of innovation, while helping us grow with the upcoming opening of both the Faith-Based and Substance Use Disorder programs. Rick is eager to further implement the SUN philosophy of respect toward patients, families, SUN team members, and the community.
Rick had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic he received the Army Commodation Medal three times, the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) and Expert Medical Badge (EMB) along with an Honorable Discharge. Rick also served the U.S. Air Force as a Registered Nurse where he also received an Honorable Discharge. Mr. Harding is looking forward to working collaboratively with all community partners to make a real difference in people’s lives.
Mr. Harding earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville and a Master of Science in Public Administration at Western Kentucky University where he focused on Organizational Development & Human Resources Law. Rick has the support of his wife Tammy and his son Austin.
Here comes the SUN: Ground broken for Georgetown behavioral health hospital
Local, county, state officials join developer and SUN Behavioral Health representatives in the groundbreaking for SUN’s 90-bed behavioral health hospital in Georgetown.
Sussex County Post, November 2, 2016 —
Gov. Jack Markell was among the speakers Wednesday at the groundbreaking for SUN Behavioral Health’s new hospital in Georgetown.
During his eight years in office, Gov. Jack Markell said he has visited practically every school in Delaware.
“And it is incredible to me, probably the No. 1 thing I hear from the principals … that the single biggest need is for more mental health counseling in our schools,” said Gov. Markell. “This is an issue that cannot be swept under the rug. For too long there has been so much stigma attached to a number of these diseases. And let’s face it and recognize it for what they are; they are diseases that are treatable if we are willing to talk about it and if we are willing to invest in the necessary treatments.”
Behavioral Health Construction Plays Catchup
197-bed hospital in Northern Kentucky will fill part of care demand in a top-need category
The Lane Report, September 6, 2016 —
Danis Group construction crew members preparing the site for a 197-bed behavioral care hospital along Dolwick Drive in Erlanger are expected to complete work on the building foundation early in November.
However, not a shovel of dirt would have moved on the site without first laying a foundation of another kind, a new financial structure that allows for-profit SUN Behavioral Health and nonprofit St. Elizabeth Healthcare to cover the $40 million cost of the bricks and mortar as well as the long-term operating costs the hospital.
A major change in federal regulations, explosive growth of the number of Kentuckians who have healthcare coverage through Medicaid, and increased demand for psychiatric and substance abuse services have combined to make the project financially feasible, executives with SUN and St. Elizabeth said in recent interviews.
Bringing SUN into Patients’ Lives
Behavioral health company takes on collaborative project in northern Kentucky
DDC Journal, Fall 2016 Issue — SUN Behavioral Health’s motto is “solving unmet needs.” The private mental health organization partners with community hospitals and medical professionals, schools, private charities and government officials to fill in the gaps in behavioral healthcare.
The company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Page sheds some light on what its team looks for when going into a new community.
“What we are ultimately looking for is to see signs of patients getting stuck,” he says. “Maybe they are stuck in the emergency room for a long time because psychiatric services are full, so they are looking for a place where the patient can begin treatment. We create services to relieve access challenges.”
A New Day for Behavioral Health
July 2016 for Immediate Release
Edgewood, KY — Behavioral health has been pushing its way into the spotlight of the American consciousness over the past several months. Due to national coverage of frightening incidents of violence, government leaders and citizens alike have started to look at behavioral health for answers.
But even all of this attention can fail to communicate the prevalence of behavioral health needs, and it can create unfortunate misconceptions about mentally ill individuals.
Psychiatric disorders are not reserved for the loud, homeless man on the street corner or the disturbed teen- ager who brings a gun to school. These cases are just as easily found in family and friends, teachers, students, and any number of people who cross paths every day.
SUN Behavioral Health Improves Access to Mental Health Services in Houston, Texas
June 2016 for Immediate Release
Houston, TX — SUN Behavioral Health, a national operator of freestanding psychiatric hospitals, announced today the opening of a 148-bed behavioral health hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Located at 7601 Fannin Street, SUN Behavioral Houston will substantially improve access to care in central Houston for patients of all ages. The hospital operates a 24/7 assessment and admissions department to allow patients access to an array of services such as inpatient and outpatient care, psychiatric and substance abuse programs and specialized programs for youth, adults, women, and seniors.
Steve Page, SUN Behavioral Health’s President and CEO noted “Houston’s healthcare offerings are among the best in the world. However, like many cities across the country, access to behavioral health is limited. With more than 6 million people in the MSA and population growth leading the country, the access challenges will only increase”.
SUN Behavioral Health and St. Elizabeth break ground on hospital designed to provide community-wide behavioral health solutions
February 19, 2016 for Immediate Release
Erlanger, KY — St. Elizabeth Healthcare and SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) will break ground on a new behavioral health hospital at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 19 at 820 Dolwick Drive in Erlanger, KY.
Mental illness and substance abuse disorders continue to have adverse effects on our families, neighborhoods, communities and the broader society. St. Elizabeth and SUN Behavioral Health have partnered to provide solutions to two big community-wide problems: lack of inpatient behavioral health services, and chemical dependency resources for adolescents and adults.
SUN Behavioral Health to build new psychiatric hospital in Georgetown, DelawareOctober 28, 2015 for Immediate Release
Georgetown, DE — SUN Behavioral Health received unanimous approval from the Delaware Health Resources Board to build a 90-bed psychiatric hospital in Georgetown.
The groundbreaking on the hospital to be named SUN Behavioral Delaware is slated to occur in 2016. Construction of the 70,000 behavioral health facility is expected to take about a year with an opening planned for summer of 2017. SUN Behavioral Health will invest about $20 million on the project.
Specialty Hospital to Treat Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Moves One Step CloserSeptember 22, 2015 for Immediate Release
Edgewood, KY — The SUN Behavioral Health and St. Elizabeth Healthcare specialty hospital partnership has received regulatory approval bringing the project one step closer to reality.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has granted certificate of need approval allowing the facility planning to move forward.
SUN Expanding Behavioral Health Services in Columbus, OhioApril 15, 2015 for Immediate Release
Columbus, OH — SUN Behavioral Health announces the acquisition of property at 900 East Dublin-Granville Road, which will be the home of a new 110,000 square foot inpatient psychiatric hospital with services spanning from assessment and case management to inpatient through hospital-based outpatient services for patients of all ages.
The facility is expected to open in the summer of 2016 and will create over 200 direct full-time jobs, as well as construction jobs during the renovation phase of the project.
Joint Venture Collaboration Will Increase Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Treatment ServicesApril 13, 2015 for Immediate Release
Edgewood, KY—St. Elizabeth Healthcare, SUN Behavioral Health and NorthKey Community Care have joined forces to develop a community-wide solution to the lack of access to inpatient behavioral health and chemical dependency resources for children, adolescents and adults in Northern Kentucky.
The partnership will result in a new 197-bed, free-standing and comprehensive specialty hospital designed to improve the behavioral health environment in the community.