Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS; Boone, N.C.) is opening a new freestanding Appalachian Regional Behavioral Health Hospital (ARBH) for adults ages 18-64 in Boone.

The new facility will comprise three separate spaces, including an admissions area, treatment mall, and residence hall with 27 beds.

ARBH is expected to be able to serve 1,500 patients each year and will replace a 10-bed inpatient behavioral health unit at Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Boone.