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  • Writer's pictureKris Moore

Good News: Midland-Odessa Breaks Ground on new Behavioral Health Facility

The new Permian Basin Behavioral Health Facility is one step closer to serving West Texas following an official groundbreaking on April 28th.

Since the West Texas wind was howling at the actual site near the corner of Hwy. 1788 and 191, the groundbreaking was moved indoors to the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.

In a sign of the Odessa-Midland partnership created by the project, reps from both hospital districts were in attendance – namely Russell Meyers with Midland Memorial Hospital and Russell Tippin from Medical Center Health Systems in Odessa.

Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett, Odessa Meals on Wheels Executive Director Craig Stoker, Odessa Mayor Javier Joven, Odessa City Council at large Denise Swanner, Texas State Representative Tom Craddick and Kevin Sparks and other numerous supporters of the Project also attended.

The need for Mental Health Care here in the Permian Basin is no secret and this groundbreaking is a huge milestone for those suffering in our area and their loved ones. Many people have worked hard to get the Behavioral Hospital here.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf who has joined us in the Morning Drive program on the air many times has fought for this project and assisted in getting $40 million in state funds. CEO of MCH Russell Tippin also lent his expertise to help push this project through.

The Permian Basin Behavioral Hospital will be built across 54 acres and house 100 beds. It will utilized by Ector and Midland Counties plus surrounding areas. The hope is to have it completed by 2024.


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