Pending closure of Fitchburg psychiatric facility decried - Sentinel & Enterprise

After two stints in the HealthAlliance Hospital Burbank Campus inpatient psychiatric unit in 1998, Fitchburg resident Pat Lozeau returned to the campus Wednesday for the first time in 12 years to fight against proposed plans to close the 15-bed, adult psychiatric facility. Full Story
Shaking My Head

Ashburnham, MA

#1 Dec 2, 2010
Greed, plain and simple.
Fitchburg resident

Maynard, MA

#3 Dec 2, 2010
They need to keep this unit at Burbank as it is beneficial to a lot of people in need of mental health services!

One good thing is that Leominster will be getting the needed mental health professionals in their emergency room.

I hope that they reconsider their decision as the unit at Burbank is needed. It would be beneficial to Fitchburg if Burbank were opened for emergency services also.
Susan Baxter

Concord, MA

#5 Dec 2, 2010
A close family member recently had to go to Health Alliance in Leominster under a section12 order. He was kept there 5 days without mental health treatment, while he progressively got worse! It took repeated phone calls on my part for them to move him from surgical ward (!), to a hospital in Boston.Now we are getting medical bills from all kinds of doctors expecting payment for doing absolutely NOTHING! Not once did anyone check the reason why he was there in the 1st place, or call in a psychiatrist for a meds evaluation. Clear MALPRACTICE!!
Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Dec 2, 2010
Hearing are nice, if they were effective Burbank hospital would never have closed because all the information and data needed was available that it would create a health nightmare for the region, which it has.

DPH and the hospital will close this unit, like they plan regardless, and Leominster Hospital will continue not serving the region.

When will another hospital come to the area to serve the citizens, Leominster has proven time and time again that it cannot.
F-Town

Toronto, Canada

#7 Dec 2, 2010
I would be a nice change to see some form of jobs and public service saved locally.
Fitchburg resident

Maynard, MA

#8 Dec 2, 2010
Jim wrote:
Hearing are nice, if they were effective Burbank hospital would never have closed because all the information and data needed was available that it would create a health nightmare for the region, which it has.
DPH and the hospital will close this unit, like they plan regardless, and Leominster Hospital will continue not serving the region.
When will another hospital come to the area to serve the citizens, Leominster has proven time and time again that it cannot.


Leominster hospital is so unprofessional and inadequate. We need a major hospital to move into the area!
Blueboy

Fitchburg, MA

#9 Dec 2, 2010
This is what you get with only one hospital in the area.There's a lack of competition, resulting in inadequate treatment. Aren't all monoplies like that??

Since: Apr 09

Leominster, MA

#10 Dec 2, 2010
Leominster Hospital is out of control, just take a look inside the ER, packed solid with people waiting to be seen. My last experience there was 9 hours waiting to see someone, gave up and went to Marlboro where "no lines, no waiting" seemed to the the norm.
HMMM

Worcester, MA

#11 Dec 2, 2010
I try to go to Clinton ER if possible ! Not many people go and you don't have to wait 10 hrs to be seen like my brother did at Leominster. Took them over a day to get him admitted into the hospital, they just left him in the hall on a bed !
Hmmm

Leominster, MA

#12 Dec 2, 2010
Susan Baxter wrote:
A close family member recently had to go to Health Alliance in Leominster under a section12 order. He was kept there 5 days without mental health treatment, while he progressively got worse! It took repeated phone calls on my part for them to move him from surgical ward (!), to a hospital in Boston.Now we are getting medical bills from all kinds of doctors expecting payment for doing absolutely NOTHING! Not once did anyone check the reason why he was there in the 1st place, or call in a psychiatrist for a meds evaluation. Clear MALPRACTICE!!
Pt's are seen at Leominster by Lipton MH clinicians at times during those 5 days, while offsite Lipton staff do a Bed Search to find a place for said patient to go. Med orders are evaluated and written by Hospital Physicians, not Psychiatrists, as it is not a psychiatric facility, so yes, you do have to pay for them. The hospitals have little control over where clinicians find an open Psychatric bed for patients (hence the placement far away in Boston), as there is a shortage of beds in the state already. Additionally, some patients have to go to only certain facilities that will take patients with comorbidites or known histories of violence and aggression.

Also, it's the "MedSurg" unit, not the "Surgical Ward". You make it sound as if a patient was left sitting on an operating table. A "MedSurg" unit is typically a boarding unit a most hospitals for patients that need lower levels of medical care, or in this case, are boarding until placement is found elsewhere. For patients in ER's that are on a Bed Search for psychiatric facilities and are simply boarding until a bed is found, there is no need for them to take up a bed in already swamped ER exam rooms, they can board on MedSurg often times until their placement is received.

I do agree 5 days for placement is ridiculous, however that is of no control of the hospital. You need to get involved, contact your state reps and regional NAMI office, advocate for more MH beds, and check with your insurance company too, as often times too they are part of the problem.
Supporter of Mayor Dino

Leominster, MA

#13 Dec 2, 2010
Luther Manning wrote:
Leominster Hospital is out of control, just take a look inside the ER, packed solid with people waiting to be seen. My last experience there was 9 hours waiting to see someone, gave up and went to Marlboro where "no lines, no waiting" seemed to the the norm.
Loser.
bah

Shrewsbury, MA

#14 Dec 2, 2010
Hmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Pt's are seen at Leominster by Lipton MH clinicians at times during those 5 days, while offsite Lipton staff do a Bed Search to find a place for said patient to go. Med orders are evaluated and written by Hospital Physicians, not Psychiatrists, as it is not a psychiatric facility, so yes, you do have to pay for them. The hospitals have little control over where clinicians find an open Psychatric bed for patients (hence the placement far away in Boston), as there is a shortage of beds in the state already. Additionally, some patients have to go to only certain facilities that will take patients with comorbidites or known histories of violence and aggression.
Also, it's the "MedSurg" unit, not the "Surgical Ward". You make it sound as if a patient was left sitting on an operating table. A "MedSurg" unit is typically a boarding unit a most hospitals for patients that need lower levels of medical care, or in this case, are boarding until placement is found elsewhere. For patients in ER's that are on a Bed Search for psychiatric facilities and are simply boarding until a bed is found, there is no need for them to take up a bed in already swamped ER exam rooms, they can board on MedSurg often times until their placement is received.
I do agree 5 days for placement is ridiculous, however that is of no control of the hospital. You need to get involved, contact your state reps and regional NAMI office, advocate for more MH beds, and check with your insurance company too, as often times too they are part of the problem.
Thank you for clarifying this...a lot of people do not know these things..I worked at Lipton and it is pure hell trying to locate a bed for a psychiatric patient, especially if they have a history. The facilities decide if they feel like taking them or not. It takes hours and sometimes days to place someone in need of psychiatric care. I never would have understood had I not been employed there.
Leominster Resident

Sterling, MA

#15 Dec 3, 2010
Hmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Pt's are seen at Leominster by Lipton MH clinicians at times during those 5 days, while offsite Lipton staff do a Bed Search to find a place for said patient to go. Med orders are evaluated and written by Hospital Physicians, not Psychiatrists, as it is not a psychiatric facility, so yes, you do have to pay for them. The hospitals have little control over where clinicians find an open Psychatric bed for patients (hence the placement far away in Boston), as there is a shortage of beds in the state already. Additionally, some patients have to go to only certain facilities that will take patients with comorbidites or known histories of violence and aggression.
Also, it's the "MedSurg" unit, not the "Surgical Ward". You make it sound as if a patient was left sitting on an operating table. A "MedSurg" unit is typically a boarding unit a most hospitals for patients that need lower levels of medical care, or in this case, are boarding until placement is found elsewhere. For patients in ER's that are on a Bed Search for psychiatric facilities and are simply boarding until a bed is found, there is no need for them to take up a bed in already swamped ER exam rooms, they can board on MedSurg often times until their placement is received.
I do agree 5 days for placement is ridiculous, however that is of no control of the hospital. You need to get involved, contact your state reps and regional NAMI office, advocate for more MH beds, and check with your insurance company too, as often times too they are part of the problem.
Normally this would be the procedure. But this is Leominster Hospital, so I do believe her. Patience's neglected, improper treatment, misdiagnosed, Yup that's Leominster Hospital!
Lynch for Mayor

Londonderry, NH

#16 Dec 4, 2010
THATS IT!
Time to write another letter to Obama.
It's gonna really suk having to go to leominster.
jane

Pepperell, MA

#17 Dec 4, 2010
I live in Pepperell and do you have any idea what is like to travel with someone with mental health issues.. Closing any facility is not only harmful to the patient/family but also the community.. It is so easy to self medicate and cause problems as we have all heard from past experiences with people with mental illness.. Please leave any services where they are and do not close these units.. How many times have you read that someone was released because they were no longer a danger to themselves or others.. Guess what Mental Illness does not disappear like a fever once someone is given emergency treatment... I lost my son to mental illness due to a system that did not provide the proper care for someone who needed be in a court mandated residentaial treatment program Don't take the support and help away from the patient and family..
Big Picture

Fitchburg, MA

#18 Dec 4, 2010
Why are there so few psychiatric beds and facilities available? Oh yeah, they keep CLOSING! And the number of psych patients is going up.

If Health Alliance is so dedicated to the community, why dont they use some of that massive acreage of land they have up there and BUILD a real psych facility? More local beds! No lines, no waiting! And with the revolving door of patients it will pay for itself in no time, also freeing up the ER for it's real job, EMERGENCIES!
Leominster Resident

Worcester, MA

#19 Dec 5, 2010
Supporter of Mayor Dino wrote:
<quoted text>
Loser.
You must be speaking about the Mayor?
haha

Gardner, MA

#20 Dec 5, 2010
This is balderdash. Now Sonny is going to have to drive all the way to Worcester.

BLAME THE TEABAGGERS!!
Sonny

Fitchburg, MA

#21 Dec 5, 2010
haha wrote:
This is balderdash. Now Sonny is going to have to drive all the way to Worcester.
BLAME THE TEABAGGERS!!
Does anyone know how many rest stops there are between here and Worcester?

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