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Carle Richland Memorial Hospital closing mental health unit

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital closing mental health unit

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is seeking to discontinue inpatient mental health services because it can’t find a psychiatrist to oversee its unit.

The 16-bed unit has been closed since last July when the hospital’s medical director, and Olney’s only psychiatrist, left for personal medical reasons, according to documents filed with the Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Carle has been unable to hire a replacement.

Since the services were suspended, psychiatric patients who come through the emergency room have been stabilized and either discharged with an outpatient treatment plan or transferred to another provider.

Carle recently hired a mental health nurse practitioner to provide outpatient behavioral health services at the hospital in collaboration with a Carle psychiatrist practicing in Champaign-Urbana.

Carle plans to convert the space into physician exam rooms for outpatient specialty services, according to Eric Toliver, director of community development and volunteer services for the hospital.

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