Sunday, August 14, 2016

"EDITORIAL: Ascension Needs To Inform Community Of Mental Health Changes"

From Racine County Eye:    

By Denise Lockwood in Breaking · August 14, 2016 · No comments

"Ascension–All Saints, formerly Wheaton Franciscan–All Saints, has cut staff, restricted admission for its mental health unit, closed the Psychiatric Intensive Care unit and kids partial hospital, and slashed its inpatient bed counts in an effort to 'reset' the unit.

"But they failed to communicate those changes to the community at a time when those services are desperately needed.

"Last week I wrote two stories about Ascension-All Saints Behavioral Health Unit: one about the cutbacks Ascension has made and one about the violations they received before Ascension took over Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. It took me six weeks to write that story, mostly because I was waiting for Ascension to confirm what I had learned from the state, an internal document, and numerous internal sources. I wanted to give them a chance to respond with more than a two or three sentence response, but that never happened. I also requested an interview with Paul Mason, but was told the company would not elaborate on the cuts any further."

Read more:  http://racinecountyeye.com/editorial-ascension-needs-to-inform-community-of-mental-health-changes/

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