St Lukes Warren Shifting Behavioral Health Care to Outpatient Settings
St. Luke's Warren Plans to Shift Behavioral Health Care
to Outpatient Settings
Hospital Presents at Public Hearing
Phillipsburg, NJ (3/12/2014) - Earlier today, representatives of St. Luke's Warren Campus in Phillipsburg, NJ appeared before a panel of the State Health Planning Board to defend their intention to close the Hospital's inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. The hearing was part of a formal process that began last August when the Hospital filed a Certificate of Need to close the 16-bed unit, which has been averaging about six patients a day for the past several years.
President Scott R. Wolfe presented a three-pronged plan that he believes will better serve the needs of our community's behavioral health patients, most of whom require more access to outpatient settings.
The plan includes:
- A $1-million expansion of the Hospital's current Emergency Department that will create a dedicated area large enough to ensure the comfort and safety of behavioral health patients and specially trained staff to care for them.
- Coordination of care for patients requiring inpatient services off campus.
- Coordination of increased access to available community resources for continuing outpatient, office-based or home-based care.
Next month, representatives from St. Luke's Warren Campus will appear before the State Health Planning Board to further discuss their plans. A final decision is expected within 60 days of that meeting.
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