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SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah broke ground on its expansion of the Neuropsychiatric Institute Wednesday.
Gov. Gary Herbert was among the group who broke ground on a new pavilion that will add 120,000 square feet and 80 beds to the center.
Doctors say the extra room will allow for more of the 227,000 Utahns who need mental health treatment to get it.
Heather Armstrong, author of the popular Dooce.com blog, is one of the patients who received help at the institute when she was suffering from postpartum depression.
"I truly believe that that doctor in the hospital saved my life," Armstrong said. "I owe that man my life."
The expansion will also allow for more clinical research, brain imaging and genetic studies on mental illness.