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Groundbreaking for Behavioral Health Hospital in Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Local leaders and community members celebrated the groundbreaking of the SUN Behavioral Health Hospital early Wednesday morning. 

The groundbreaking comes after a lawsuit delayed original construction. The $25 million hospital will have 90 beds for inpatient treatment and will offer outpatient services as well. Pauline Powell with Attack Addiction says the services are sorely needed. 

"People [are] calling me every day: Where can my loved one go? Can you tell me of resources?" she says. "And so to have it right here in the heart of Sussex County is going to be a true blessing to everybody."

Developers say they chose the hospital's location because at the intersection of Routes 404 and 113, it is easily accessible from all parts of the county, and even for patients from Kent County and Maryland. Sen. Bethany Hall Long remarked on how currently, many people seeking treatment in Sussex County must up state or out of state for adequate care.

"Family members came and shared their stories about having their loved ones handcuffed on a state police car and driven to Wilmington," she said. "They don't have transportation. They can't go visit their loved ones. We need to have those services here."

The 90,000 square foot hospital is set to open in May of 2018. 

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