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St Lukes Warren Shifting Behavioral Health Care to Outpatient Settings

St. Luke's Warren Plans to Shift Behavioral Health Care
to Outpatient Settings

Hospital Presents at Public Hearing

St. Luke's Warren HospitalPhillipsburg, NJ (3/12/2014) - Earlier today, representatives of St. Luke's Warren Campus in Phillipsburg, NJ appeared before a panel of the State Health Planning Board to defend their intention to close the Hospital's inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. The hearing was part of a formal process that began last August when the Hospital filed a Certificate of Need to close the 16-bed unit, which has been averaging about six patients a day for the past several years.

President Scott R. Wolfe presented a three-pronged plan that he believes will better serve the needs of our community's behavioral health patients, most of whom require more access to outpatient settings.

The plan includes:

  • A $1-million expansion of the Hospital's current Emergency Department that will create a dedicated area large enough to ensure the comfort and safety of behavioral health patients and specially trained staff to care for them.
  • Coordination of care for patients requiring inpatient services off campus.
  • Coordination of increased access to available community resources for continuing outpatient, office-based or home-based care.

Next month, representatives from St. Luke's Warren Campus will appear before the State Health Planning Board to further discuss their plans. A final decision is expected within 60 days of that meeting.


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