OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. — Baptist Health La Grange announced on Wednesday they will be investing $10 million into mental health services to help the community.
Baptist Health’s investment will create the only hospital based Behavioral Health unit in Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Carroll or Shelby County. These behavioral health units will offer critically-needed outpatient resources.
According to Baptist Health, "behavioral health" includes mental health disorders, life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms and more.
Construction begins this summer to transform an existing wing of the hospital into the specialized unit with 11 private patient rooms, space for specialized therapy and an outdoor area.
Psychiatrist Kristine Baula, MD, will serve as medical director for Behavioral Health at Baptist Health La Grange.
“It’s unfortunate that the majority of the country is underserved as far as mental health needs go. That’s why I’m so proud to be part of Baptist Health, that is putting such an emphasis on behavioral health,” Baula said.
Services are expected to be available to patients in 2024.