Highland Hospital to open treatment facility in Pendleton County

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Highland Hospital is expanding their footprint in West Virginia by opening a new substance abuse facility.

Meridian Behavioral and Gersh Academy representatives made the announcement Wednesday at the West Virginia Capitol.

They'll be opening Highlands at Sugar Grove this summer in Pendleton County. It's at the site of a former Naval base.

The facility will serve both men and women fighting to overcome substance abuse. This will be a 95 bed facility and a 28-day program.

"If you look at the map in terms of where drug treatment programs are in our state, that's a huge area of our state that really has nothing except outpatient service available and so for that part of the state and those citizens of that part of the state, it's going to offer a service they've never had before," said Cynthia Persily, Highland Hospital CEO.

The new program will create about 200 jobs.

The project will be introduced in Pendleton County on March 16, then job fairs will be scheduled.