Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing

Julie B. Wall, Markstein


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – January 12, 2015 - Shelby Baptist Medical Center is addressing the growing need for adult inpatient psychiatric care in Shelby County with the addition of a new 20-bed, adult inpatient psychiatric unit. The new facility is the only adult psychiatric unit in Shelby County and provides patients with private rooms.

The new Adult Psychiatric Unit will provide inpatient services to adults 19 and older who suffer from mental diseases such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder. Located in one of the fastest growing counties in Alabama, the unit at Shelby Baptist will provide much-needed services to Shelby County’s growing population.

“For so long, patients have been forced to travel to Jefferson or other nearby counties because they were unable to receive the treatment they need at home,” said Zelia Baugh, executive director for psychiatric services at Baptist Health System. “As the only adult psychiatric unit in Shelby County, we are filling a void for these services that are needed locally.”

Baugh, who has more than 20 years of service in healthcare and formerly served as the Alabama Mental Health Commissioner, will serve as the director of the facility.

“I am honored to be a part of this development and to provide this service in Shelby County,” said Baugh. "We are not only investing in the support of these patients, but we are also improving a family's ability to be part of the treatment. It is crucial for family members and loved ones to be a part of the recovery process for the patient."

The Adult Psychiatric Unit will create 40 new jobs in Shelby County, and will begin accepting patients on Jan. 19, 2015.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit


Stay connected to Baptist Health System through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, & Linkedin.