Thursday, August 28th, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Harlingen, TX

(Located on the corner of Hale Avenue and Victoria Lane, behind the Harlingen Medical Center)

Harlingen, TX—Strategic Behavioral Health is excited to announce they will be breaking ground on Palms Behavioral Health, a 94-bed, acute behavioral health hospital, on Thursday, August 28th in Harlingen, Texas. SBH currently operates a behavioral health hospital in College Station, Rock Prairie Behavioral Health, in addition to their locations throughout the country.

“Our team has recognized the need for inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services in South Texas and we are excited to expand our reach to the southern part of the state,” Jim Shaheen, president and CEO of SBH, said.

In addition to the new services, the hospital will bring about 200 new jobs to the area.

“Harlingen is happy with SBH’s announcement to open a new in-patient facility here; and is excited to have another great provider of much-needed services in the region. Strategic Behavioral Health’s new facility will save lives, and help reduce expenses to both the public sector and the families of those impacted by mental or behavioral illnesses by providing a facility closer to home.” Raudel Garza, Manager and CEO of the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, said.

The team at Palms Behavioral Health will consist of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and nurses with compassion to serve those who are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, grief/loss and personal crisis situations. The state-of-the-art 58,000 square foot hospital will offer program options to serve seniors, adults, children and adolescents both locally and throughout the state.

Palms Behavioral Health Facts

  • New hospital blueprint: 58,000 square feet, one level, 94 beds, five units, three courtyards, two classrooms, on-site pharmacy, private ambulance entrance, on-site outpatient suites
  • New hospital investment: $14+ million
  • Anticipated opening: Early 2016
  • Between 200 and 225 new jobs will be created
  • Populations served: Seniors, adults, children and adolescents

For additional questions or to speak with a member of our leadership team, please contact Mike Garone at 901-969-3100 or Information can also be found or

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