Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Suspends Behavioral Health Services, Explores Options for the Future
August 25, 2017
Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is suspending inpatient psychiatric services and exploring alternative ways to expand access to behavioral health care.
The change results from a lack of available psychiatrists to provide inpatient care. The unit has not admitted a patient since July 26. Since that time, hospital officials have examined different options; however, keeping the unit open has been determined not to be viable without a psychiatrist to serve permanently for an inpatient practice.
“The provision of behavioral health care in rural America is a difficult task considering the limited number of providers available,” said Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer, David Allen.
The hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment identified an increasing need for outpatient behavioral health services. CRMH is examining alternative use of resources to reach more patients with the care they need.
“Our integration with Carle gives us a unique opportunity to identify behavioral health services that are most appropriate for our population and provide for those needs,” Allen said. “We are now in a better position to help patients through outpatient, telehealth or other services in the future.”
As always, patients who need behavioral health care will continue to be screened at CRMH, but their care will be coordinated with other facilities.
“We are very proud of the quality services provided by our Psychiatric Unit over the years and the staff who delivered this exceptional care,” Allen said. “We will continue to seek ways to provide behavioral health services that meet the needs of the population we serve.”