Is Autism On The Increase?

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TrustPoint Hospital at 1009 North Thompson Lane is in the process of adding 148-beds to its existing facility, and this will enable them to better serve the specialty health needs of this community.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Anand Patel, MD, spoke to the Murfreesboro Rotary Club about autism, a disease that appears to be growing . . .


He described autism as a neuro-developmental disorder characterized by (1) impaired social interaction, (2) impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and (3) restricted and stereotypical patterns of both behavior and interests.

He told the Rotarians, "Autism starts as early as 3-years of age, although it might not be recognized until the child is much older."


Dr. Patel was excited about TrustPoint's expansion and indicated it would enable them to better serve the area.

The $57-million project will bring approximately 400 new jobs to this community over the next five years, with an average annual salary of $67,808.

TrustPoint is a state-of-the-art hospital offering three specialty service lines: Acute Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, Behavioral Health Services for Adults and Seniors and Acute Medical Psychiatry. TrustPoint is owned by Acadia Healthcare, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

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