Amita will not close the mental health unit at Elgin Hospital
Following outrage from elected officials, community members and employees, Amita Health no longer intends to shut down the inpatient behavioral health unit at its Elgin hospital, notes obtained by Crain’s.
The decision not to to cease Inpatient mental health services at the 184-bed Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin come “after considerable thought and thought,” the note told community workers.
The unit currently has 30 beds, six of which are for adolescent patients aged 13 to 17. A representative from Amita said the number of beds will remain the same.
The network of 19 Lisle-based hospitals last month announced plans to shut down the Elgin unit, as well as the inpatient acute mental illness program at the 401-bed Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.
On September 13, Amita filed a request with the state to close the 25-bed unit at Elk Grove Village due to difficulty attracting qualified psychiatrists and the increase in outpatient programs reducing the need for hospital services. ‘hospitalization.
Clay Ciha, senior vice president and CEO of behavioral health at Amita, said in a statement last month that the hospital chain aims to establish centers of excellence for behavioral health care in its Fox River service areas. Valley and Northwest.
As a result, Ciha has announced plans to move the Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry Unit from Elk Grove Village to the Amita Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates.
In addition to changes to service lines, Amita faces a wave of executive departures, capped by the departure of CEO Mark Frey on August 30.