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Highland Hospital Says Sale to Acadia is Off

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Highland Hospital has announced it is not selling its facilities to Franklin, Tennessee-based Acadia Healthcare.

The sale was to include Highland’s Kanawha City hospital. Highland’s board of directors unanimously agreed to sell Kanawha City hospital three months ago.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Highland’s board is now considering other potential partners for the sale.

Highland CEO Cynthia Persily said in a news release Wednesday that the proposed sale “no longer is the right deal at the right time.”

The two behavioral health companies were expecting to have had a definitive agreement in place by the end of September.

The sale would include the Highland Hospital Association, a psychiatric hospital which includes a psychiatric residential treatment facility; Highland Health Center Inc., a 16-bed residential treatment and detoxification program; and Process Strategies, which provides various outpatient behavioral health services.