LEX­ING­TON, Ky.

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— UK Health­Care plans to take over man­age­ment of nearby East­ern State Hospi­tal, a psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity. The Univer­sity of Ken­tucky sys­tem signed a let­ter of in­tent with the state’s Cab­i­net for Health and Fam­ily Ser­vices. The tran­si­tion will fol­low East­ern State’s re­lo­ca­tion to a new $129 mil­lion cam­pus, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted this spring. The agency pointed in a news re­lease to a num­ber of sim­i­lar deals in other states, in­clud­ing Arkansas and the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Con­necti­cut and Yale Univer­sity and New York and Columbia Univer­sity. Gov. Steve Bes­hear added in the re­lease that the agree­ment “demon­strates our com­mit­ment to mod­ern­iz­ing our be­hav­ioral-health treat­ment ca­pac­ity” by cre­at­ing a stronger link be­tween be­hav­ioral and phys­i­cal health­care. As part of the agree­ment, UK will mea­sure per­for­mance and out­comes at the 197-bed fa­cil­ity, such as im­prov­ing pa­tient care dur­ing hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, pro­vid­ing con­ti­nu­ity of care af­ter pa­tients are dis­charged and in­creas­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who can live in the com­mu­nity. The deal also al­lows more op­por­tu­ni­ties for UK to con­duct re­search on di­ag­nos­ing, treat­ing and prevent­ing be­hav­ioral health dis­or­ders, the re­lease said. The Blue­grass Re­gional Men­tal Health Board has over­seen East­ern State since 1995. UK will take over

man­age­ment of the hospi­tal over the sum­mer, fol­low­ing a 60- to 90-day tran­si­tion.

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