New Clarksburg mental health hospital...

New Clarksburg mental health hospital OKd

There are 23 comments on the Charleston Daily Mail story from Dec 2, 2011, titled New Clarksburg mental health hospital OKd. In it, Charleston Daily Mail reports that:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Health Care Authority has approved plans for a new psychiatric hospital in Clarksburg, despite the longstanding objections of nearby Fairmont General Hospital.

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Rich

AOL

#1 Dec 4, 2011
WOW! The WV Health Care Authority finally approved Highland's plans to set up a psychiatric hospitl at the old UHC facility in Clarksburg. This is good news, but the fact that there had to be any government agency give approval for this is nonsense! First of all,this agency is useless and should be done away with! If 10 companies want to build any kind of hospital in Clarksburg - or any place else - then they should be able to do it without some group of government bureaucrats deciding wheter it's cost-effective. Like any other business, competition is always good for the consumer, and this would be no different. If several hospirtals serve an area, then the best will probably remain, and those with sub-standard care and/or high costs, will go out of business. Let the market decide. But politicians and their appointed toadies love to have a hand in picking winners and loosers, and they almost never seem to do a very good job at it, when it really comes to the consumer. This is no different.
This istypical WV over-controlling politics and it will always keep WV in last place economically.
Less darned government = better economy for all (except the controlling politicians!)
Cburg

Morgantown, WV

#2 Dec 4, 2011
I don't think the WVHCA would have had to step in if it wasn't for FGH trying to stop Highland from coming in.
temporary competition

Fairmont, WV

#3 Dec 5, 2011
UHC (WVUH) will take the Walmart approach to health care. It plans to run FGH out of business and then will dictate the cost of health care in the region. The Highland approval is another nail in the coffin for FGH.
wvufanatic

Clarksburg, WV

#4 Dec 5, 2011
Highland will bring alot of jobs to the area, but think about this. Mental patients from all over the state will be coming to this hospital. When they are released do you think their family will come to clarksburg to pick them up. These people will then become residents of clarksburg and then the tax payers will have not just the homeless to put up with.
Salley

Fairmont, WV

#5 Dec 5, 2011
:)
clks resident

Clarksburg, WV

#6 Dec 5, 2011
wvufanatic wrote:
Highland will bring alot of jobs to the area, but think about this. Mental patients from all over the state will be coming to this hospital. When they are released do you think their family will come to clarksburg to pick them up. These people will then become residents of clarksburg and then the tax payers will have not just the homeless to put up with.
At least the mental patients will be getting the help the deserve. They are just like you and I except they need help.. So if they get the right treatment they wouldnt have to be homeless hopefully they could go back to there families..why would you think of the worst.I'm sure some will end up on the streets but the hospital hasnt even open to talk about the negatived effect it would have on Clarksburg. It cant be worse then the drugs that are around this town. These mental patients needs help and they deserve to get help. I lost a friend due to he had a illness and the hospital relased him several times cause he didnt have insurance the system sucks you cant depend on anything. Its all about money
sam1958

Clarksburg, WV

#7 Dec 5, 2011
Maybe they will admit the Thompson boy in there so he can get the help that he needed that cost him his job
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Alexandria

United States

#9 Dec 26, 2011
wvufanatic wrote:
Highland will bring alot of jobs to the area, but think about this. Mental patients from all over the state will be coming to this hospital. When they are released do you think their family will come to clarksburg to pick them up. These people will then become residents of clarksburg and then the tax payers will have not just the homeless to put up with.
I completely disagree with you. Simply because someone has a mental illness does not make them an automatic burden on society. Would you say that to a soldier who just returned home and is now having to receive treatment for PTSD? Would you tell that to a 70 year old grandmother who's now severely depressed and suicidal after her husband of 50 years passed away? What about the little girl of only 10 who is now also suicidal and has severe PTSD after her father had molested her throughout her entire childhood? What about the girl who, after being overweight her entire childhood, devolops anorexia and requires treatment to save her life after she's wittled down to 70 lbs? What about the father who, after his wife left him and took the kids, devolops alcoholism and requires treatment? Would you tell all those people that they don't deserve treatment? That because of the hardships that they had to face in life (or were born with) that they deserve to keep suffering? If so, you're a completely heartless person. People with mental problems do not WANT their problems. They don't choose to have them. They want nothing else in the world but to feel normal and if this hospital can give that to them then by all means, put it in Clarksburg! West Virginia needs a mental hospital of that size that offers a wide varity of treatment options for muliple disorders and addictions. Treatment has the opportunity to SAVE LIVES. This hospital will be a blessing to many and will offer many, many jobs to health care providers in this area!!! It will offer HOPE to those who are HOPELESS.
Sparkle

Elkins, WV

#10 Dec 26, 2011
There are a few elected officials working to cut through the red tape on this. Health Care/Insurance is important. Every one who suffers an illness deserves medical care. We must keep the current Universal Health Care program and improve on it where needed.

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Since: Dec 11

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#11 Dec 26, 2011
Alexandria wrote:
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I completely disagree with you. Simply because someone has a mental illness does not make them an automatic burden on society. Would you say that to a soldier who just returned home and is now having to receive treatment for PTSD? Would you tell that to a 70 year old grandmother who's now severely depressed and suicidal after her husband of 50 years passed away? What about the little girl of only 10 who is now also suicidal and has severe PTSD after her father had molested her throughout her entire childhood? What about the girl who, after being overweight her entire childhood, devolops anorexia and requires treatment to save her life after she's wittled down to 70 lbs? What about the father who, after his wife left him and took the kids, devolops alcoholism and requires treatment? Would you tell all those people that they don't deserve treatment? That because of the hardships that they had to face in life (or were born with) that they deserve to keep suffering? If so, you're a completely heartless person. People with mental problems do not WANT their problems. They don't choose to have them. They want nothing else in the world but to feel normal and if this hospital can give that to them then by all means, put it in Clarksburg! West Virginia needs a mental hospital of that size that offers a wide varity of treatment options for muliple disorders and addictions. Treatment has the opportunity to SAVE LIVES. This hospital will be a blessing to many and will offer many, many jobs to health care providers in this area!!! It will offer HOPE to those who are HOPELESS.
EXCELLENT! I don't think I could have said it better myself. This facility will have those that are against it, but in the long run it is what is best for the community. I know many people who have problems that have been placed on the psychiatric ward at UHC to "get help", then after a week they are released to go on with their lives like they were treated for a cold. People who truly need help can not get it in that manner, many can not afford to seek professional help and many have issues that require more than a week stay at a psych ward to watch TV or socialize with others who need help.
Alexandria

Morgantown, WV

#12 Dec 27, 2011
Thank you AriesBratt.=] I completely agree with you. Generally, people voice a desire to hurt or kill themselves and then they're put into a psychiatric facility for a few days or a week. They're realeased and then in a few weeks they're right back in for the same reason. They never truely treat the problem. They hand out pills and send them on their way. Sometimes pills work wonders, like with people who have severe bipolar disorder or schitzophrenia, but with people who have PTSD, depression, eating disorders, addictions, etc. they require months or years of therapy. Most of those disorders aren't chemical imbalances. They're caused by things in their life or past and won't just go away with a "happy pill". A lot of people need to recognize that.

I also believe that more help should be given to people who don't have insurance and are suffering from mental illnesses. Usually you can only get on Medicaid or Medicare if you're low income or have a debilitating mental illness (making you not be able to work). However, many people suffer every single day and still manage to work and hold life slightly together... but they still have a war waging in their minds. More help should be given to them.
zig zag

Clarksburg, WV

#13 Dec 27, 2011
This is pretty much what I've got from the FGH and Highland thing.

FGH has around 30 beds for these people.

Highland wants to put in around 150 beds.

The main thing here is that there is a need for 150 or more beds.

Now FGH is fighting this because they don't want to lose the money from their 30 or so beds. So they put the dollar above the patient. They would rather see 120 give or take people go without help so they will not lose the revenue from their 30.

Wow, what does that say about the kind of people who run that hospital?

What kept FGH from filling the need for more patients?

I was told that FGH is a hospital for profit. If you can't pay don't come around.

If I ran Highland I wound never send FGH a patient unless it was a last resort.

Also what does that say for the government bureaucrats that have let it drag on for a year?

orangeandgreen

Clarksburg, WV

#14 Dec 28, 2011
i think that the highland hospital is a good idea. this community has needed the kind of help they can provide for a long time.we have been stuck with summit center for too long.anybody who has ever been there knows they are a joke. too many people have gone wiyhout the help they need to deal with there mental issues. plus i have heard they will be providing detox.
Wow

United States

#15 Dec 28, 2011
clks resident wrote:
<quoted text>At least the mental patients will be getting the help the deserve. They are just like you and I except they need help.. So if they get the right treatment they wouldnt have to be homeless hopefully they could go back to there families..why would you think of the worst.I'm sure some will end up on the streets but the hospital hasnt even open to talk about the negatived effect it would have on Clarksburg. It cant be worse then the drugs that are around this town. These mental patients needs help and they deserve to get help. I lost a friend due to he had a illness and the hospital relased him several times cause he didnt have insurance the system sucks you cant depend on anything. Its all about money
No, they obviously are NOT just like us. And as for thinking of the worst, it's called being realistic. I'm not opposed to the new hospital but I am opposed to your idiotic comment for more than those two reasons.

“stop it...you're embarrassing ”

Since: Dec 11

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#16 Dec 28, 2011
orangeandgreen wrote:
i think that the highland hospital is a good idea. this community has needed the kind of help they can provide for a long time.we have been stuck with summit center for too long.anybody who has ever been there knows they are a joke. too many people have gone wiyhout the help they need to deal with there mental issues. plus i have heard they will be providing detox.
I agree with your comments about the summit center, they are a joke. I have a friend who was court ordered anger management, it was going to cost him 875 dollars for 8 weeks (every friday) of anger management. He was ordered anger management because he got upset with his ex wife for refusing to let him have his kids, they got into an argument and she was "in fear for her life" and filed charges against him. Summit Center wanted the 875 dollars upfront and he couldn't pay it at that time. He asked them if his insurance from work would cover it and they told him that if it is court ordered no insurance will cover the courses. Needless to say, he ended up taking his 30 days in jail instead.
Alexandria

Morgantown, WV

#17 Dec 30, 2011
Wow wrote:
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No, they obviously are NOT just like us. And as for thinking of the worst, it's called being realistic. I'm not opposed to the new hospital but I am opposed to your idiotic comment for more than those two reasons.
How are mental patients not just like you and I? What makes someone "normal" and what makes someone with a mental problem "abnormal"? You have absolutely no idea what these people have gone though. Yes, some people are born with mental illnesses but those are caused by chemical imbalances in their brains that they can not control. That can be treated with medicine and therapy most of the time. The other portion of people with mental issues have them because of situtations or happenings in their lives that caused something in their brains to "switch". It could happen to you or me. It could happen to anyone. Tomorrow you could go to the bank, have it robbed, be held at gun point, watch a friend or family member die.. and then you too will probably suffer from PTSD. As for people with drug and alcohol addictions. I'll admit, a lot of those people dont WANT help and therefore they continue to use. However, there are many people who DO want help and they simply can't afford it or can't find anywhere to receive it. They deserve to have their lives bettered just like you and I. What makes a mental patient any differnet than anyone else? Lets say I have schitzophrenia. I require expensive medication to make me "normal". Lets say that you have lung cancer from smoking your entire life. You require expensive medication. What makes you any better than me?? We ALL deserve help. That's what this hospital will offer to many, many people.
guardian angel

New Haven, WV

#18 Dec 30, 2011
There sure are lots of people that need to be in there!
zig zag

Clarksburg, WV

#19 Dec 30, 2011
guardian angel wrote:
There sure are lots of people that need to be in there!
And allot of them are considered normal, go figure??????
Sandy

Charleston, WV

#20 Jan 21, 2012
FGH is about done
zig zag

Clarksburg, WV

#21 Jan 21, 2012
Sandy wrote:
FGH is about done
I recently heard that too, and it didn't have anything to do with rather Highland goes in or not.

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