The Erlanger Health System Board of Trustees paved the way Thursday to convert the acute care side of Erlanger North Hospital on Morrison Springs Road in Red Bank into a 48-bed behavioral health hospital.
The board voted to approve a joint venture between Erlanger and Acadia Healthcare that would allow Erlanger Behavioral Health -- which is already a joint venture between the two entities -- to lease the north hospital.
Currently, Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital includes a roughly 90-bed psychiatric hospital on Holtzclaw Avenue, just over 1 mile from Erlanger's main campus. Erlanger owns 20% of Erlanger Behavioral Health, and Acadia owns the remaining 80%.
Gregg Gentry, chief administrative officer for Erlanger Health System, presented the resolution at a monthly board meeting Thursday, saying that Erlanger North's emergency department, imaging, sleep center, children's therapy and physician's office building would remain in place.