Thrive Center inpatient behavioral health service is now open at Baptist Health

Baptist Health Richmond. July 10, 2023

Richmond, KY, (July 10, 2023) – The Thrive Center at Baptist Health, an 11-bed inpatient behavioral health service, is now open for patients in Madison and surrounding counties. The center provides care for adults ages 18 and older who require hospitalization for behavioral health needs in a safe and structured environment.


“Today is a historic day for our community as we’ve been patiently anticipating the formal opening of the Thrive Center at Baptist Health,” said Greg D. Gerard, president of Baptist Health Richmond. “The journey to expand behavioral health services has been one of the most rewarding of my career. From offering outpatient services to 24/7 crisis interventions in our Emergency Department to now offering inpatient treatment, close to home, Baptist Health Richmond is committed to meeting the behavioral health needs of our community.”


An interdisciplinary team approach to treatment is used to provide care for patients and their families at the Thrive Center at Baptist Health.


“Our team includes psychiatrists, registered nurses, licensed clinical counselors, therapists and social workers, recreational therapist and mental health technicians,” said Lora M. King, RN, SANE, executive director of Specialty Services at Baptist Health Richmond. “We are fortunate to have a team of highly skilled behavioral health clinicians who feel called to serve and enhance the lives of people in our community.”


Treatment includes:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and daily management.
  • 24-hour nursing care.
  • Individual and group therapy.
  • Individualized treatment and aftercare planning.
  • Individualized education and family counseling.
  • Therapeutic recreational group and activities.
  • Access to individualized support services and resources.

Crisis behavioral health consultations are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the Clinical Decision unit within the Baptist Health Richmond Emergency Department. This unit is a newly renovated space designed to provide a safe, private environment for patients experiencing a mental health crisis.

When patients arrive at the Emergency Department, staff will complete an initial evaluation to determine how we can best meet their individual needs. Patients with urgent behavioral health needs will be directed to care within the Clinical Decision unit where they will be evaluated to determine if they need inpatient hospitalization. Patients can then be admitted to the Thrive Center at Baptist Health to receive treatment right away, right here in our own community.

Patients experiencing a crisis or seeking emergency behavioral health services can also dial 988.

“Our mission is to ensure members of our community thrive, not just survive,” Gerard said. “The opening of the Thrive Center at Baptist Health will ensure patients can receive care close to home by a team of passionate clinicians who want to help patients be the best version of themselves and to me, that’s pretty special.”

The opening of the Thrive Center at Baptist Health was made possible in part due to the generosity of the Pattie A. Clay Auxiliary (PACA) and Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP).

“Baptist Health Foundation Richmond is extremely grateful for the generosity of PACA and BGCAPP in helping us realize our shared commitment to exceptional health in our community,” said Kari Martin, director of Baptist Health Foundation Richmond. “The Group Therapy Room will be named in recognition of BGCAPP and the Recreation and Activity Room will be named in recognition of PACA. Additional opportunities, to partner in generosity, remain available for those passionate about addressing the behavioral health needs of our community and who wish to come alongside us on this exciting journey.”

For more information about the behavioral health services at Baptist Health Richmond, call 859.544.8171 or visit To connect with Baptist Health Foundation Richmond to learn more about the opportunities to partner in generosity, call 859.625.3939.