Gerber Hospital closing New Focus

Gerber Hospital closing New Focus

There are 7 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Mar 17, 2009, titled Gerber Hospital closing New Focus. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Gerber Memorial Hospital has confirmed with 24 Hour News 8 it is closing the New Focus Center For Mental Health in Fremont sometime next month.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan.


Fenwick, MI

#1 Mar 18, 2009
As an employee of a mental health facility, I am very upset to learn of New Focus closing. We have admitted many patients to both New Focus and the crisis home. Because they are a small facility, they are much easier to work with than Pine Rest. New Focus gives more individualized attention to the patients and work with the CMH's in a timely manner for collaboration of services. I have found the staff to be courteous, knowledgeable, and patient oriented. The mental health field is losing a much needed resource and a lot of well qualified people. It was a pleasure to work with all of the staff.

Poquoson, VA

#2 Mar 18, 2009
My daughter is one of the 35 people losing her job. She bought a new home last year and is a single mother to a young daughter and is also attending college. Throughout her seven years at New Focus I have seen many problems with management of this facility, which I believe finally brought upon its downfall. When employees received the news on Monday evening it was a devastating blow to all of them.
Eddy Van Halen

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Mar 18, 2009
That's Crazy !!!!

Muskegon, MI

#4 Mar 19, 2009
It really is a shame that such a caring group of professionals will be unemployed due to the incompetence of the Unit Director who ran the place into the ground over the last several years. Unfortunately, Gerber Hospital Administration was and is bamboozled by the Unit Director who remains employed by the hospital. Too bad they didn't/don't know the "real" Director, or they would have seen this coming as all the New Focus employees did a long time ago.

“Really? I mean, REAAALLLYY???”

Since: Nov 08

Beaverton, MI

#5 Mar 20, 2009
That place sucked! When my wife attempted suicide over a year ago, they diagnosed her as bi-polar, doped her up on a bunch of meds, and kept her against her will for almost two weeks. She's spent all that time since trying different drugs, none of them working. They put her into the Newaygo County Mental Health system, also a big failure.

She quit taking the meds a couple months ago, joined AA(It turned out that alcoholism was the problem) and is doing just fine.

Those meds made her crazy. That place made her crazy. I sure won't miss it.

United States

#6 Mar 20, 2009
New Focus staff will be highly missed. They are all a wonderful group of caring competent people to work with. The hospital will not be the same without them.
Sorry for you

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Mar 27, 2009
Distorted reality makes your comments sad and untrue. There are beds available at New Focus for you, at least for a few more weeks. You will receive compassionate, professional care. The Director is a caring, Christian person above reproach and not to blame. Her employment is temporary. But you wouldn't understand that in your current state of confusion.

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