North Carolina said it will build a new $100 million, 432-bed psychiatric hospital to replace two existing facilities, rather than renovate and repair the existing hospitals at a projected cost of $160 million. A bill pending before the state General Assembly would authorize a bond issue in 2004 to finance the new hospital in Butner, N.C. The state's existing 563-bed John Umstead Hospital, Butner and its 442-bed Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh would be closed when the new facility is complete, at least six years away. Money that would have been used to repair the two hospitals will be used to upgrade the state's two other psychiatric hospitals in Morganton and Goldsboro. -- by Julie Piotrowski
N.C. to build new $100 million psychiatric hospital
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