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CHRISTUS Spohn and Oceans Healthcare Unveil New Details of Expanded Behavioral Health Services New Inpatient Unit and Intensive Outpatient Program Increase Capacity and Improve Access to Care May 20, 2021

Corpus Christi, TXCHRISTUS Spohn Health System and Oceans Healthcare today announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art behavioral health unit and add outpatient behavioral health services on the campus of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. The 40-bed unit owned and operated by Oceans Healthcare will expand inpatient bed capacity by more than 20% and allow for the treatment of more clinically acute patients. The Intensive Outpatient Program will further extend the program’s reach and provide ongoing treatment to individuals managing behavioral health challenges.

Expected to open in the Spring of 2022, the 30,000 square-foot “hospital within a hospital” will occupy two floors and provide specialized care to adults 18 and up, as well as seniors age 55 and older. Once complete, it will replace the behavioral health unit currently located at the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial location.

“May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental illness to reduce the stigma so many experience. CHRISTUS Spohn plays an important role in providing compassionate care and helping patients find the right resources,” explained Osbert Blow, MD, PhD, FACS, CHRISTUS Spohn President and Chief Medical Officer. “Our critical work with Oceans will help ensure access to a full continuum of behavioral health care. It is our commitment to get people the care they need in the most appropriate setting.”

With rising rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative effect on the nation’s mental health and the Coastal Bend region is no exception. According to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report, Texas ranks second among U.S. states with the highest prevalence of mental health challenges while, at the same time, ranking 50th out of 51 in overall access to mental health care.

CHRISTUS Spohn and Texas-based Oceans entered into a management agreement in August 2020 with the intention of expanding behavioral health services in the Coastal Bend region. Since that time, CHRISTUS Spohn has increased its inpatient capacity for adult behavioral health services, treating 27% more patients than compared to the year prior. The pending expansion will provide the community with new resources and bridge existing gaps in care.

“At Oceans, we are passionate about expanding access to behavioral health treatment in each of the communities we serve,” said Oceans Healthcare CEO Stuart Archer. “Last year, we joined with CHRISTUS Spohn to make a commitment to enhance the quality and availability of behavioral healthcare throughout the region. We’re proud to take the next steps toward fulfilling that promise and we look forward to building on the strong foundation already in place to serve even more patients in the years ahead.”

With nearly two decades of experience delivering comprehensive behavioral healthcare, Oceans provides CHRISTUS Spohn with access to additional resources and expertise. Oceans has deep experience caring for behavioral health patients with complex medical needs. This strong clinical foundation, along with its ability to share best practices across its 33 locations, will complement the clinical strength of CHRISTUS Spohn and support the delivery of high-quality care in Nueces County.