South Sound Behavioral Hospital Announces Opening

Lacey, Washington, July 16, 2019 – Washington has a new state-of-the-art hospital to treat specialized mental health issues. Located in the Woodland Square District of Lacey, Washington, a suburb of Olympia, South Sound Behavioral Hospital is open and offering a full continuum of psychiatric care with 108 new beds.

“We continue to build on US HealthVest’s history of developing new hospitals to meet the urgent need for behavioral healthcare,” said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and CEO of US HealthVest. “At South Sound Behavioral Hospital, we are delivering specialized psychiatric care in one of the most innovative behavioral hospitals in the country today.”

South Sound Behavioral Hospital provides behavioral health services to all patients, regardless of ability to pay. Comprehensive services include free 24/7 assessments, inpatient care and outpatient services. Units are designed to treat the growing needs of unique populations including youth, military and veterans, geriatric, women’s and dual diagnosis.

South Sound Behavioral Hospital is US HealthVest’s second hospital in Washington, contributing to an integrated delivery system. With Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville and South Sound Behavioral Hospital in Lacey, US HealthVest has a broad geographic reach with comprehensive service offerings and solid relationships with payors and providers in Western Washington.

US HealthVest transformed a formerly vacant office building into a modern behavioral hospital offering a safe and therapeutic environment. The 78,000 square foot facility has four floors with warm and open spaces. Shared amenities include activity rooms, therapy spaces and a dining area, along with indoor and outdoor recreational spaces. South Sound Behavioral Hospital adds to the revitalization of the vibrant Woodland Square District in Lacey with the addition of over 200 high quality jobs. For more information, please visit

About US HealthVest

US HealthVest is an innovative provider of behavioral healthcare services focused in the Chicago, Atlanta and Seattle markets. US HealthVest operates Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, South Sound Behavioral Hospital, Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, Lake Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute-Smyrna, Ridgeview Institute – Monroe and is developing additional psychiatric hospitals across the country. Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit


Richard Kresch, M.D.

President and CEO

US HealthVest

(212) 243-5565

South Sound Behavioral Hospital CEO Caroline Fisher, MD meets with Police Chief Semko and Fire Chief Brooks to discuss meeting the communities mental health and chemical dependency needs.

South Sound Behavioral Hospital Announces CEO

Lacey, WA – South Sound Behavioral Hospital has named Caroline Fisher, MD PhD as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Fisher is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist as well as an outstanding and innovative healthcare executive with experience in both outpatient and inpatient levels of care.  She comes to South Sound from sister institution Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville, WA, where she has been acting Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Mental Health at Samaritan Health Systems in Corvallis, Oregon, where she had oversight of both the inpatient psychiatric services in 5 hospitals and the outpatient services across three counties.  She is looking forward to joining the community as a partner, neighbor, and friend.  “My vision for South Sound Behavioral Hospital is that it be a place of sanctuary for healing from mental illness, a place of employment that feels like family, and a strong partner with the larger community.”  Dr. Fisher is a native of the Pacific Northwest. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and both a medical degree and a doctoral degree in pharmacology from Boston University.

About South Sound Behavioral Hospital

South Sound Behavioral Hospital is a 108-bed inpatient mental health facility anticipated to open in May 2019.  It will have inpatient and intensive outpatient services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults, in a newly renovated building in downtown Lacey.  Treatment services will include free initial screenings and assessments; group therapy, medication management and chemical dependency care in a safe, caring environment with trained physicians, nurses, counselors and technicians who will provide outstanding care for individuals and families.

Come Work With us at South Sound

We are building our dream team. Hiring will begin in March, 2019.  If you have a passion for compassion and a desire to turn the worst point in people’s lives into the best thing that ever happened to them, then give us a call. We have openings in both clinical and non-clinical positions.