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Welcome to the Catawba Hospital Web site. Part of the Commonwealth of Virginia public behavioral health system, Catawba Hospital specializes in serving adults including geriatric individuals who are in need of mental health care.

The first priority of Catawba Hospital is to help patients regain and maintain their highest level of mental and physical functioning. The ultimate goal is for patients to return to community living. We are responsive to the needs and preferences of consumers and their families and are invested in the DBHDS vision of self-determination, empowerment and recovery.

Walton F. Mitchell, III, Facility Director.


To support the continuous process of recovery by providing quality psychiatric services to those individuals entrusted to our care.



About Our Facility

Catawba Hospital specializes in serving adults who need mental health care. The hospital offers both short-term "acute care" units and dedicated geriatric units. Both private and semi-private rooms are available.

Catawba Hospital is affiliated with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where staff psychiatrists may have faculty appointments and help train psychiatry residents and medical students. A clinical practicum is available for students of various disciplines including nursing, psychology, social work, music therapy, recreation therapy, and food and nutritional services.

Surrounded by natural beauty, Catawba Hospital is located ten miles from the city of Salem and seventeen miles from Roanoke. The hospital is approximately two miles off Route 311 (via Exit 141 from the interstate, I-81). Please see maps and driving directions for more information.

Please feel free to call us at 540-375-4200. We are here to serve you.

Virginia's public mental health system includes 13 facilities in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services ( DBHDS) and 40 Community Services Boards (CSB). Your local Community Services Board is the gateway to public mental health services and refers individuals to DBHDS facilities when appropriate. The public mental health system serves individuals who have or who are at risk of mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, intellectual disability or substance use disorders.

Catawba Hospital building 15 entrance