Tuesday, September 28, 2021

County Analyzes Space Use in Cushing Building

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Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth closed last year and the building was donated to the county government. Commissioners already plan to move the county’s Council on Aging to the first floor of the building. The county has hired an architectural firm for design work for remodeling a portion of the building for the Council on Aging.

The Council on Aging currently operates in a building that is not owned by the county. Signature Behavioral Hospital Operations’ parent company is CenterPointe Behavioral Health System, Brentwood, Tennessee.

The company will pay to remodel the space it occupies in the building. Commissioners previously discussed making space at the Cushing building available to nonprofit organizations.

Signature Behavioral Hospital Operations will use a portion of the first floor and the entire third floor of the Cushing building for an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospital. The agreement also gives the company the right of first refusal for leasing the building’s fourth floor. The County Commission also has entered into an agreement with Signature Behavioral Hospital Operations, which will operate a for-profit psychiatric hospital in the Cushing building.

“They have expressed varying levels of interest,” he said. Loughry said Wednesday that he has reached out to nonprofit organizations that receive annual funding from the county.

Loughry said The Guidance Center officials are interested in space in the area of the old emergency room entrance on the first floor of the former hospital. Loughry said his discussions with the organizations have been preliminary. One of the organizations, The Guidance Center, has requested space at the Cushing building for a crisis stabilization center for mental health services.

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