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Regulators approve plans for 100-bed psychiatric hospital in Iowa

State regulators have approved plans for a psychiatric hospital in a Des Moines suburb.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 8:54 AM

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — State regulators have approved plans for a psychiatric hospital in a Des Moines suburb.

The Iowa Health Facilities Council voted 5-0 Thursday for Mercy Medical Center's proposal to erect the 100-bed hospital in Clive.

The Des Moines Register reports that some Clive residents had opposed the idea, raising concerns that the facility could pose a danger to their children. Three Clive residents filed written objections to the state council, compared with 13 letters of support. No one spoke in opposition at Thursday's council meeting.

Mercy Medical plans to partner with a for-profit company, Universal Health Services. The new facility could open by June 2020.

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