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Healthcare Brief

Oceans Healthcare's joint venture to build a new behavioral health hospital, Cook's Children's new minimum wage, and Communities Foundation teams up with THR.
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Dallas-based behavioral health provider Oceans Healthcare has entered into a joint venture with Norman Regional Health System to build a new behavioral health hospital in south central Oklahoma. The 48-bed Behavioral Health Porter Village will more than double Norman Regional Health System’s current inpatient capacity for behavioral health patients. It will have an intensive outpatient program and geriatric behavioral health unit, and is expected to open in 2023 on the Norman Regional Hospital campus.

Cook Children’s Health Care System is raising the minimum wage for its workforce to $16 per hour, up from $13.25. It will impact 630 employees beginning on Oct. 10. Last February, Cook’s raised its minimum wage from $11 to $13.25. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, where it has been since 2009.

Communities Foundation of Texas has granted Texas Health Resources $1 million from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund to scale up community vaccination efforts in the region’s most underserved communities. The program’s focus is on Erath, Johnson, Kaufman and Tarrant counties.

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