Grand opening of new Bryce Hospital held Wednesday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Trends in mental healthcare have led to many hospital closures across the state in recent years, but Wednesday marked the grand opening of the brand new Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa.

WIAT 42 News joined Governor Robert Bentley on a tour of the state-of-the-art facility. The new facility has 268 beds and employs 500 people. Officials say the hospital will act as a back-up for community providers.

“There will be cases where they have acute needs for patients who, they simply can’t serve, or patients who need long-term care,” said Jim Reddoch. “That’s what Bryce is here for. It will convert to a state-wide function to serve these that just can’t be taken care of in the community.”

Patients and staff will move onto the new Bryce campus on June 24.

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