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Highland Hospital Agrees to Sell Charleston Facilities

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Highland Hospital officials say the mental health center's board of directors has agreed to sell its Charleston facilities to Tennessee-based behavioral health care company Acadia Healthcare Company Inc.

Cynthia Persily, president and CEO of the Highland Hospital Association, said Acadia has issued a letter of intent to buy Highland. Persily says the two companies will now work toward a finalized agreement, which Highland hopes to have in place by Sept. 30.

Franklin, Tennessee-based Acadia operates facilities in 39 states. Its purchase of Highland would include Highland's acute psychiatric hospital in Kanawha City; Highland Health Center Inc., a 16-bed residential treatment and detoxification program; and Process Strategies, an outpatient provider with integrated behavioral health care, primary care and pharmacy services.

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