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Norman Regional, Oceans to Build Behavioral Health Center

Norman Regional, Oceans to Build Behavioral Health Center

Norman Regional Health System and Oceans Healthcare have announced a new Behavioral Health Center at Porter Health Village in Norman, Oklahoma.

The expansion of behavioral health services in south-central Oklahoma, with the new 48-bed hospital offering state-of-the-art facilities and more than doubling Norman Regional's inpatient capacity for adult and senior behavioral health patients.

Watch the groundbreaking event below.

The joint venture partnership between Norman Regional Health System and Oceans Healthcare will also introduce new services, including an intensive outpatient program and a dedicated geriatric behavioral health unit. The center will be located at the Norman Regional Porter campus 901 N. Porter Ave., at the southern end of the campus by Sonic.

"The selection of a partner who shares our commitment to improving access to quality behavioral health services is an important milestone in the implementation of our Inspire Health plan to transform the delivery of care in our communities," said Richie Splitt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norman Regional Health System. "Partnering with Oceans Healthcare will allow us to leverage their expertise in the delivery of behavioral healthcare and bring important new resources to meet the growing demand for mental health support."

Mental health is increasingly in the national spotlight as rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse have risen following the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the 2022 State of Mental Health in America report, Oklahoma ranks 43rd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for the highest prevalence of mental illness in adults and lowest rates of access to care.

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Norman Regional Health System is a multi-campus system that provides for the health and wellness needs of regional communities throughout south central Oklahoma. The organization is operated by Norman Regional Hospital Authority, a public trust that serves public interests and functions as a political subdivision of the State of Oklahoma. Norman Regional is transforming healthcare in the communities it serves with the Inspire Health plan, which includes the Behavioral Health Center at Porter Health Village.

Oceans Healthcare founded in 2004 is a growing behavioral health provider focused on healing and long-term recovery. The company provides inpatient and outpatient treatment with a special focus on the unique physical and emotional needs of older adults in 36 locations, including 25 inpatient hospital campuses across the Southeast. Oceans Healthcare consistently achieves industry-leading performance metrics on national quality and safety measurements and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for four consecutive years.

Norman Regional and Oceans Healthcare will host a ceremonial groundbreaking and beam-signing event at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31 to commemorate the expansion of behavioral health services in south central Oklahoma.

Construction on the project officially began in March 2023 and the hospital is set to open in early 2024. The ceremony will occur on the southern end of the Porter campus, 901 N. Porter Avenue Norman, OK 73071. The event will feature speakers from Norman Regional, Oceans Healthcare, Norman Regional's Behavioral Medicine and the City of Norman Mayor.

For more information about the Behavioral Health Center at Porter Health Village and Norman Regional Health System's Inspire Health plan visit our website. To learn more about Oceans Healthcare and their behavioral health services, visit its website.