Baptist Health Louisville closes hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Baptist Well being Louisville made the “troublesome choice” to completely shut Saturday its inpatient psychiatric care unit, which means sufferers needing intensive psychological well being care should now transfer to different neighborhood applications.

Baptist spokeswoman Julie Garrison advised The Courier Journal the 22-bed inpatient psychiatric unit, additionally referred to internally because the Disaster Administration Unit, “is not staffed” as of Saturday.

A decrease every day affected person rely and the necessity for house for extra vital care and cardiac-monitored beds drove a part of the choice to shut the inpatient psychiatric unit, based on Baptist.

“The vacated house can be renovated for 10 vital care beds and 15 telemetry (cardiac monitored) beds,” Garrison wrote in an e-mail. “The necessity for larger acuity affected person rooms is a superb want at Baptist Well being Louisville. Our common every day census for inpatient psychiatry was roughly 9.”

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