Ascension Seton, Acadia Healthcare form behavioral healthcare JV in Austin


Ascension Seton and Acadia Healthcare have announced a joint venture (JV) aimed at expanding access to behavioral healthcare in Austin, Texas, and its surrounding communities. This significant collaboration focuses on extending the current operations at Cross Creek Hospital and increasing the number of inpatient behavioral beds available in the region.

Expanding Cross Creek Hospital’s Capacity

As part of the venture, Acadia will undertake a 106-bed expansion of the acute behavioral hospital at Cross Creek, elevating the total licensed bed count to 196 upon completion. Ascension Seton Shoal Creek’s inpatient behavioral health associates are set to be employed in the newly constructed expansion, slated to open in late 2024. Furthermore, Ascension Seton will continue managing the Grace Grego Maxwell Mental Health Unit, a pediatric unit focusing on mental health at the Dell Children’s Medical Center.

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Proximity to Training and Healthcare Facilities

The joint venture hospital will be located near Ascension Seton hospitals, serving as one of the training sites for students, residents, and fellows from Dell Medical School. This strategic location ensures seamless integration with existing healthcare infrastructure and educational resources.

Joint Venture Announced to Boost Behavioral Health Beds in Austin by Ascension Seton and Acadia Healthcare

Joint Venture Announced to Boost Behavioral Health Beds in Austin by Ascension Seton and Acadia Healthcare

Creating a Warm and Welcoming Healing Environment

The expanded Cross Creek campus is designed to be warm and welcoming, aligned with its mission to promote health and healing. The new facility, to be named “Cross Creek Hospital together with Ascension Seton,” represents a commitment to creating an environment conducive to mental health and wellness.

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Leaders’ Perspectives on the Joint Venture

Andy Davis, President and CEO of Ascension Texas, emphasized the hospital’s role as a vital resource for the community, highlighting the partnership’s potential to provide compassionate care and expand behavioral health services. Chris Hunter, CEO of Acadia Healthcare, echoed the sentiment, acknowledging the joint venture’s unique opportunity to enhance services at an existing location with a world-class partner.

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A Commitment to the Future of Behavioral Healthcare

This joint venture not only aims to address immediate healthcare needs but also looks towards the future. The teaching component of the hospital underlines both organizations’ dedication to advancing behavioral healthcare and nurturing the next generation of qualified clinicians.

A New Chapter in Healthcare for Austin

The partnership between Ascension Seton and Acadia Healthcare marks a significant advancement in behavioral healthcare for Austin and its neighboring communities. By combining expertise and resources, this joint venture is poised to make a lasting impact on mental health care access and quality in the region.

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