Inpatient psychiatric services will be discontinued at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts. According to a statement from the hospital, which is part of Mercy Medical Center, the state’s Department of Public Health was notified that they they intend to discontinue those services—including pediatric, adult, and geriatric—as of June 30, 2020. The hospital cited a shortage of psychiatrists as the reason to discontinue the services.
Providence Hospital is licensed for 74 inpatient beds, but has regularly operated at less than 60 beds over the last two years because the persistent shortage of clinical professionals has reduced the hospital’s ability to provide safe and quality care. Efforts are underway to help consumers have access to timely psychiatric care, as well as to help impacted employees transition to new positions.
Addiction treatment services, including detoxification, post-detoxification, and outpatient addiction treatment, will continue at Providence Hospital. Mercy plans to consolidate its methadone clinic on in Springfield into its Holyoke clinic by June 30.
Providence Behavioral Health Hospital is a psychiatric hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Providence Behavioral Health, part of Mercy Behavioral Health Care, provides acute psychiatric hospital-based treatment, addiction treatment care, and outpatient treatment throughout western Massachusetts.
This was reported by MSN on February 28, 2020.
Contact information: Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, 1233 Main Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040; 413-536-5111; Website: www.mercycares.com