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Look inside Asheville’s new mental health and wellness center

Mission Health’s Sweeten Creek Mental Health and Wellness Center will provide services to patients of varying ages in a modern and welcoming environment.

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The exterior of Sweeten Creek Mental Health and Wellness Center

In addition to a modern facility, the ability to safely spend time in the outdoors will be a new feature for the community.

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Mission Health is expanding Western NC’s access to high-quality mental health care with its new behavioral health hospital, set to open this summer.

The Sweeten Creek Mental Health and Wellness Center will offer advanced inpatient and outpatient services for all ages, starting at four years old. The 120-bed facility will bring 38 new behavioral health beds to the region.

The $65 million center was thoughtfully designed to create a safe environment supporting a holistic healing process. The most up-to-date safety measures were incorporated along with unique features that create a bright and healing space.

A woman and therapy dog inside Sweet Creek.

Sweeten Creek celebrated its upcoming opening with a ribbon cutting in July.

Photo provided by Mission Health

Patients will have access to:

  • Outdoor courtyards
  • Dining halls
  • An indoor gymnasium
  • A horticulture area
  • Music and art therapy

The facility will be led by Dr. M. Ed. Kelley, Mission Hospital’s new Medical Director for Behavioral Health.

“Mental health needs are some of the most underserved illnesses in all of medicine,” Dr. Kelley said. “Mission Hospital’s new facility will help give our patients the respect and dignity that they deserve.”

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