Tufts Medicine and Acadia Healthcare Break Ground on New Behavioral Health Hospital in Malden


MALDEN, MA–Tufts Medicine and Acadia Healthcare Company, the largest standalone provider of behavioral health services in the U.S., held a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on its previously announced state-of-the-art, 144-bed behavioral health hospital in Malden, MA.

The event occurred on the site of the new hospital located at 100 Hospital Road and celebrated the joint venture partnership between Tufts Medicine and Acadia.

“We are pleased construction has begun on our new behavioral health hospital and training site for future behavioral health clinicians,” said Michael Dandorph, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medicine. “We are excited to have a partner such as Acadia who brings unrivaled behavioral health expertise and shares our commitment to quality patient care. This occasion marks an important milestone in our effort to improve access to behavioral health care for our patients and the region.”

Slated to open in the Fall of 2025, the hospital will be a center of excellence serving patients of all ages. For decades, MelroseWakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital have been known and highly respected for the inpatient behavioral healthcare services that they provide in their respective communities. The proposed new hospital will build upon that legacy, offering the latest in inpatient behavioral healthcare and intensive outpatient programs, and providing the continuum of care needed to support patients and their families. Turner Construction Company is the general contractor and Stengel Hill Architecture is the architect for the project.

“This new hospital will provide the greater Boston area with expanded access to quality behavioral health services and treatment from specialized clinical teams in a carefully designed environment,” said Chris Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Acadia Healthcare. “We are so proud to be affiliated with Tufts Medicine, working together to address the strong need in the Commonwealth and building upon their legacy and commitment to behavioral health services. This hospital will be a strong member of the Malden community, collaborating with local organizations, hospitals and first responders.”

The new hospital will also serve as a teaching hospital for psychiatry and other behavioral health professionals, training students and residents from the Tufts University School of Medicine. This will help to address the shortage of clinical behavioral healthcare professionals in the area, as many of these new professionals will go on to practice in the Commonwealth and carry forth Tufts Medicine’s work to improve the health and well-being of the state.