State Hospitals

Mental health service to close; Valley Baptist cites reimbursements, costs among reasons

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville will close its 37-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility effective Aug. 20, according to a statement from the Health System. Valley Baptist Director of Marketing Teri Retana said that the system remains committed to delivering mental health services to residents of the community, however, and that the Outpatient Intensive Program at VBMC Brownsville Read more

Old, sick and scrambling to find a new home: ‘We are all nervous wrecks’

Barbara Reed says she has reached out to 20 assisted living centers and nursing homes in the past week since being told that Westchester Plaza, the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients, will close next month. Reed suffers from anxiety, a congestive heart condition, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure.

During a psychotic episode, two hospital visits couldn’t help; Community services did

At 6:30 p.m., he still wore his hospital wristbands from the night before — one on each arm. The patient, we’ll call him John, had been ping-ponged from hospital to hospital in the middle of a psychotic episode. At midnight, he took an ambulance ride strapped to a gurney from Columbus to Jackson, to the closest facility Read more

Latest Idea In The Battle Against Opioid Addiction: A ‘Soup To Nuts’ Recovery Campus

After the ravages of withdrawal, some will rely on willpower and a 12-step program to help them stay away from heroin. Others will move on to a residential or outpatient program where they’ll get counseling and medication to help curb cravings. When there are gaps between any of these stages, patients often relapse.

Dell Children’s: New mental health unit ‘just the beginning’ of potential, vision

Dell Children’s – Opening the 24-bed Grace Grego Mental Health Unit, which is anticipated to happen in spring 2018, will also be the first step toward better integration of mental health treatment and other services offered by Dell Children’s, said Deb Brown, the hospital’s vice president of patient care services and chief operating officer.

Texas A&M study: Health options shifting for rural communities

Texas A&M study – According to a new report released by the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, many small Texas communities are facing decisions about how best to provide their citizens with the most effective and sustainable care. Regional administrator of rural hospitals for CHI St. Joseph Health Marybeth Murphy said she believes Read more

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