New NW Iowa Psychiatric Facility For Children Opens In May

A new facility offering psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment to children and teens in northwest Iowa is expected to address an important need in the region when it opens this spring.    The new Jackson Recovery Centers Child and Adolescent Recovery Hospital is expected to open in May.    Right now the closest child psychiatric crisis centers are either about 60 miles away in Cherokee, Iowa, or about 90 miles away in Council Bluffs, Iowa.    The $10.5 million project has been under construction in Sioux City since August. It will have 72 inpatient beds and a 12-bed psychiatric stabilization unit.

Update on Iowa Governor Branstad’s Hospitalization

Virus & Dehydration Blamed

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is staying the night at a hospital with what doctors believe is a viral illness.    Branstad’s office says doctors are keeping him overnight “out of an abundance of caution.”    The 68-year-old was taken by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center on Monday after he required assistance at a ribbon-cutting event in a Des Moines suburb.    Dr. Mark Purtle says physicians believe Branstad has a viral illness with dehydration.    Purtle says doctors conducted tests and ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues.    The governor has been given IV fluids.    He’s canceled his public appearances for Tuesday.