Jobs coming: Mental health needs in Valley underserved

HARLINGEN — Palms Behavioral Health has announced its initial phase of hiring to staff its new 94-bed facility.

The hospital, which is expected to open in late summer, will hire 55 health-care professionals in the first phase. When fully operational, the facility will employ 225 people.

“This state-of-the-art facility and the qualified employees it will hire underscores the company’s commitment to individuals and families seeking support and treatment with debilitating psychiatric concerns,” said Strategic Behavioral Health, the hospital’s parent company, in a statement.

The $13 million facility is yet another major addition in a city that is becoming a health care destination in the region. Valley Baptist Medical Center and Harlingen Medical Center are the major hospitals already in the city.

Strategic Behavioral Health, the Memphis-based parent company, was a major catch for the Harlingen Economic Development Corp.

“Once they get those people started, they’ll gauge what their workload is going to be and continue to hire from that point forward,” Raudel Garza, the CEO of the Harlingen economic development agency, said yesterday.

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