Bryce Hospital deal nearing completion

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A multi million-dollar deal to sell Bryce Hospital to the University of Alabama is closer to completion.

The Department of Mental Health and Retardation's advisory board
of trustees Tuesday recommended selling Bryce Hospital property to
the university for a negotiated price of $77.75 million. The
university has promised to spend another $10 million on ancillary

Once university and state officials complete the Bryce Hospital
sale agreement this week, it will give the university growing room
and psychiatric patients a modern treatment hospital in Tuscaloosa.

The historic sale is slated to be signed Thursday.

The deal would call for a new psychiatric hospital. About 100
current, eligible Bryce patients will be moved into community
treatment settings beginning June 1.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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