California hospital to close behavioral health unit

Redlands (Calif.) Community Hospital will be shuttering its behavioral health unit due to financial unsustainability, Redlands Community News reported Jan. 12. 

The unit was a Medicare distinct part unit that offered inpatient and outpatient care for psychiatric and rehabilitation patients. 

As part of the closure, 18 inpatient beds and all inpatient behavioral health services will be eliminated. The hospital will continue to offer outpatient services. 

Individuals requiring inpatient care will be referred to other nearby hospitals. 

Jim Holmes, president and CEO of the hospital, told the publication the unit only saw "a couple hundred patients a year," which did not justify the cost on a tight budget.

Twenty-seven staff members have been affected by the closure, with some being offered positions in outpatient care as assessors. 

The unit will officially close Feb. 1.

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