ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Part of North Star Behavioral Health, a premier provider of specialty behavioral health programs in Anchorage, the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital was dedicated today. Named in honor of the late Chris Kyle, Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) U.S. Navy (1974-2013), also known as the "American Sniper," the facility has an intensive inpatient treatment program for United States military service members and veterans who can benefit from mental health care services.
The program offered at the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital supports active duty military and veterans who have experienced trauma or may need detoxification or rehabilitation for substance use. The specialized holistic treatment includes intensive multidisciplinary care that focuses on enhancing the mind, strengthening the body and empowering the spirit.
North Star Behavioral Health is one of the largest behavioral health systems in Alaska. According to Andrew Mayo, PhD, CEO and Managing Director of the hospital, "we believe the work we do is the most important. Our team approach reinforces our staff's commitment to our work – which makes a difference for the future of our communities and the people we serve."
Among the dignitaries on hand for the dedication ceremony were Taya Kyle, wife of Chris Kyle and author of "American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal," Lieutenant General Russell J. Handy, Commander, Alaska Command; Brigadier General Laurie Hummel, The Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Representative Bob Herron, Chair of Military and Veteran Affairs Committee, Alaska State Legislature; Alan B. Miller, Chairman and CEO of Universal Health Services, Inc.; Debbie Osteen, UHS Senior Vice President and President of the UHS Behavioral Health Division.
"I am grateful to UHS for dedicating this hospital in Chris' honor. The values of UHS clearly reflect Chris' dedication to God, Country and Family in serving veterans and their families. It is a beautiful way to continue Chris' legacy of serving those who serve our country," said Taya Kyle.
The newly dedicated facility and North Star Behavioral Health are proud of their heritage and home in Alaska. They work as partners with local and state organizations to provide the mental health services residents need and deserve.
Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the nation's largest hospital management companies, operates, through its subsidiaries, acute care and behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide and in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.
Andrew Mayo, PhD
North Star Behavioral Health
SOURCE Universal Health Services, Inc.