US HealthVest breaks ground on new Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

New hospital fills unmet need for behavioral health in Snohomish County and beyond



Speakers and attendees at the ceremony included: Mayor Jon Nehring of the City of Marysville; Dr. Richard Kresch of US HealthVest; John Nowoj of Mortenson Construction; Jesica Stickles of the Marysville/Tulalip Chamber of Commerce; Teri Gobin of the Tulalip Tribe; Misty Napeahi of the Tulalip Tribe; and Lisa Utter of NAMI Snohomish. Photo/Mortenson Construction


 MARYSVILLE, Wash. – (July 26, 2016) –US HealthVest and construction services firm, Mortenson Construction, broke ground today on the Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital at 3955 156th Street Northeast in Marysville. The new 115-bed hospital will provide a full continuum of behavioral health and addiction treatment—including inpatient and day-hospital services—to children, adolescents and adults.

With this new hospital, US HealthVest can extend much-needed services to patients north of Seattle, where communities are experiencing rapid population growth and a heightened need for behavioral healthcare. Specialty programs at Smokey Point will be tailored to the women’s population, patients with co-occurring disorders, the Native American population, veterans, youth, the senior adult population and faith-based groups.



Photo/Mortenson Construction


The Washington State Institute for Public Policy found that Washington has one of the highest prevalence rates for adults with mental health disorders in the country, yet ranked nearly last among all states in the total number of psychiatric beds available per person. Additionally, nearly all hospitals providing adult psychiatric care in Washington had daily occupancy rates exceeding 80 percent compared to 64 percent in community hospitals in   the US; 24 percent of Washington adults met criteria indicating a mental health disorder – the third-highest rate of all states; and approximately 7 percent met further criteria for a serious mental illness that interfered with daily life — ranking Washington No. 2 in the nation.


Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital rendering. Photo/CollinsWoerman

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital rendering. Photo/CollinsWoerman


The two-story, 71,000-square-foot building was designed by Seattle-based architecture firm CollinsWoerman and will offer semi-private patient rooms, an outpatient clinic and support space including a pharmacy and food service administration. There will also be indoor and outdoor recreational activity areas. Mortenson anticipates the hospital will be completed in summer 2017.