Around the nation: Arkansas officials open mental health crisis call center

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

Before the call center was established, Arkansas was one of two states that directed callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to crisis intervention providers in other states, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Georgia, and Indiana.

  • Arkansas: Health care officials in Arkansas on Tuesday officially unveiled a new mental health crisis call center in Little Rock, which first opened in December 2017. Before the call center was established, Arkansas was one of two states that directed callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to crisis intervention providers in other states. According to Nate Smith, director of the state health department, the center in its first month has responded to more than 900 phone calls (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/31).

  • Georgia: WellStar Kennestone Hospital will begin construction on a $126 million expansion of its ED next month. The new addition, scheduled to open at the beginning of 2020, will be four stories tall, feature 130 patient treatment rooms—up from the current 84 in the hospital's ED—and include additional entrances for vehicles delivering patients (Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/29).

  • Indiana: Indiana University Health has named Ryan Nagy as permanent president of the health system, which includes both IU Health Methodist and University hospitals. Nagy previously served as interim president for two years, as well as CMO (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/30).

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