LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Park Royal Psychiatric Hospital was hosted Monday to celebrate the beginning of construction for the new facility that will provide comprehensive care for people with behavioral health problems in Southwest Florida.

Scheduled for completion in February 2012, Park Royal Hospital will be licensed for 76 inpatient beds and include several outpatient programs, significantly increasing the amount of treatment options available for residents of Southwest Florida requiring behavioral health care.

The hospital will serve adults, age 18 and up, and will have a special focus on providing geriatric services for Southwest Florida's aging population.

The new 72,200-square-foot state-of-the-art hospital will be located on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center in south Lee County.

When completed, the hospital will be a LEED certified facility, incorporating the latest in energy saving technology.

Park Royal Hospital's parent company has been partnering with Lee Memorial Health System in operating the Senior Behavioral Health Center at Lee Memorial Hospital, a 15-bed psychiatric unit for geriatric patients.

Park Royal and Lee Memorial also jointly operate the Intensive Outpatient Behavioral Health Center for patients requiring intensive follow-up services and the Outpatient Behavioral Health Center for those requiring less intense services.