Last week, Chris Ruder, Vice President of Patient Care Services for the University of Kansas Health Systems, presented an update to the KCK Chamber Board of Directors regarding the new Behavioral Health Facility in the former EPA building, in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.

Half of the facility is set to house 47 inpatient beds and the other half will house administrative programs and professionals. According to KU Health Systems Literature, the new facility is set to open in approximately one year, and is expected to house hundreds of jobs. The literature also states the facility is slated to “help drive economic development and hopefully improve values across the community,” similar to the area surrounding the main campus.

Renovations are scheduled to take place over the next 10 months. The Behavioral Health Facility will incorporate the light from the already present atrium. There is no established timeline for opening, but Ruder told the Board of Directors to “expect quick movement.”

The KCK Chamber is excited for the partnership opportunities that the new facility will bring to its members.

The Chamber will host a Chamber Focus event, on June 7th, with representatives from KU Health Systems. The event will be held at the BPU offices. Visit the KCK Chamber events page for more information or to register.

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