Celebratory Ribbon Cutting for the New Southeast Behavioral Hospital

Southeast Behavioral Health ExteriorCape Girardeau, Mo. (February 23, 2021) — SoutheastHEALTH and Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) will hold a celebratory ribbon cutting event today to officially open the new Southeast Behavioral Hospital, a freestanding behavioral health facility located at 639 South Silver Springs Road. The new Southeast Behavioral Hospital will address the growing, unmet need for accessible, high-quality, advanced behavioral health services in the region.

The facility will initially begin offering services for adults and will continue to open units and add further services in a phased approach during the coming months. When fully open, the facility will have 102 licensed beds. The $33 million state-of-the-art facility spans more than 68,000 square feet, and will significantly improve access to care for a full continuum of behavioral health programs and services.

Tim Cockrell, CEO of Southeast Behavioral Hospital, said, “Our new Southeast Behavioral Hospital will offer a multi-disciplinary approach to behavioral health. Our expert psychiatrists, clinicians, social workers, psychologists and staff are ready and eager to work alongside SoutheastHEALTH to provide superior care initially for adults. In the coming months, we will open units to serve the geriatric population and adolescents.” Both inpatient and outpatient services will be provided. Across the UHS portfolio of Behavioral Health facilities, Cockrell stated, “Our clinical leads employ industry best practices for care delivery with treatment plans that are tailored and individualized.”

Cockrell added that as providers of the day-to-day operations and management of the facility, over 180 clinicians, mental health technicians and support staff will be employed.

SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman said opening a behavioral facility in southeast Missouri will help reduce the number of patients in crisis who commonly come to the emergency departments of acute-care hospitals which “challenges the care team’s ability to provide appropriate treatment and stabilization and post-discharge placement.”

He noted that despite the need for mental health services among a large portion of the population, “the average wait time to see a psychiatrist is 10 to 30 days for adults in Missouri and up to six months for children and teens. Having this new facility right here, in Cape Girardeau, will dramatically increase accessibility and prompt treatment.”

“When the opportunity arose to partner with Universal Health Services, we were thrilled,” he said. “Our selection of UHS was based on its nationwide respect for the company and its long standing commitment to patient and family-centered care.”


At SoutheastHEALTH, the region's premier healthcare system in southeast Missouri, our patients receive excellent care of the highest clinical quality, close to home. Within our network are more than 51 care locations in 13 communities, including hospitals, primary and specialty care clinics representing over 30 clinical specialties and extending care for patients in a four-state area. Learn more at SEhealth.org.

Universal Health Services, Inc.

One of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Growing steadily since our inception into an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, annual revenues were $11.4 billion for 2019. In 2021, UHS was again recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; and in 2020, ranked #281 on the Fortune 500; and listed #330 in Forbes ranking of U.S.’ Largest Public Companies.

Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago, enabling us to provide high-quality care to our patients and their loved ones. Our strategy includes building or acquiring hospitals in rapidly growing markets, investing in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and becoming the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.

Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has 90,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities, 42 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and various related services located in 37 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. It acts as the advisor to Universal Health Realty Income Trust, a real estate investment trust (NYSE:UHT).


For more information

Amanda Johnson Southeast Behavioral Hospital 907-205-0008

Shauna Hoffman SoutheastHEALTH 605-370-8725

Jane Crawford Universal Health Services 610-291-7217