Hospital to close psych unit, lay off...

Hospital to close psych unit, lay off 19 staffers - Sentinel & Ente...

There are 58 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Sep 30, 2010, titled Hospital to close psych unit, lay off 19 staffers - Sentinel & Ente.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Financial strain caused by the federal health care reform bill left HealthAlliance Hospital officials no choice but to end behavioral health services offered at the Burbank Hospital campus, HealthAlliance CEO Patrick Muldoon said Wednesday.

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Wellesley, MA

#1 Sep 30, 2010
Agree with Yvonne Senecal.
Shaking My Head

Gardner, MA

#3 Sep 30, 2010
Gee, Resident. Where are you going to live now?

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Sep 30, 2010
Just another move by this organization to fail the communties is serves.

They have always been about making the big money so they can give themselves perks, and the public suffers.

The closed Burbank, you have to wait hours at the Leom. ER, if you can be seen at all, and the list goes on and on.

Hopefully another hospital will eventually come into the area to serve the needs of the communities, and put them out of business.

Thye are now the new Unitil...
Leominster Resident

Worcester, MA

#5 Sep 30, 2010
You've got to be kidding me! Mental health issues aren't anything to mess with. There could be a trigger at any given time and easy accesessable help is a must. Extreme level. What about the people who deal with daily mental issues who rely on treatment. whether having a med check or counsiling. With depression on the rise, why would you mess with resources that are for this area?

Leominster Hospital? Are you kidding me? It's not the waiting that's bad, it's the poor quility of care. Was there once for a simple x-ray. A family came in with someone that was apparently having a strock. Security guard made them wait. and when the family was desperate with wanting medical attention, the guard was all' saftly issue'. If you successfully want to die, you go to Leominster. well that's what people say. it's to bad with public transportation people won't have medical/mental services. Go to Nashoba or clinton!

Fitchburg, MA

#7 Sep 30, 2010
Ahhh, the Obabma health care law is starting to kick in!!!!!! If care ever gets cheaper (I doubt it) good luck finding it. Maybe in the back woods of Tennessee or mountains of West Virginia?

Berlin, MA

#9 Sep 30, 2010
Once again Mr. Muldoon chooses to blame his inability to manage Health Alliance and its programs or hcr. The truth be known mr. Muldoon is running these facilities into the ground and the BOD is allowing him to do it.Does anyone see the irony in Heywood Hospital wanting to ADD beds to its facility. I would say this is probably due to good management skills.Burbank Hospital is a disgrace to Health Alliance. It is falling apart and the majority of the Bullock building is not rented to a low imcome health group for $1.00 a year. (That sure helps with improvements.)Glad we are spending all that money to enlarge the ER at Leominster. They will be able to accomodate many for patients in their waiting and waiting and waiting room. Good going Mr. Muldoon. You sure are a credit to the Health Alliance Community. NOT

Lunenburg, MA

#10 Sep 30, 2010
they just need to stop paying severance pay out!!!!!!!!!! To people that could shut them down. paying lots of lawyer fees , someone should look into that and see where the money is going resulting in LAY OFF
frank anderson

Leominster, MA

#11 Sep 30, 2010
Without a doubt a number of these patients will be transferred to any one of a dozen or so halfway houses in Leom of Fitch. Many of these patients or prospective patients are quite ill with delusions, paranoia, and can be prone to violence towards themselves or others. Unfortunately they'll be sent to our communities in houses which are poorly staffed. Then if some terrible situation, which is common place in halfway houses, takes place, they're sent to prison.

Since: Feb 10

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#12 Sep 30, 2010
"Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you ... First of all, if you've got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you." -Obama

Just more unintended consequence from our Liberal elite. Obamacare now threatening the loss of health care coverage for 30,000 McDonald employees..
McDonald's May Drop Health Plan:

How many other little landmines like this are in that massive bill that was rammed down our throats behind closed doors?

Higher costs, longer wait times, inferior care - every nightmare scenario envisioned by Obamacare critics is coming true. But Obama doesn't care; he will either be out of office or on his way out the door in 2014 when the bulk of his "spread the wealth" agenda becomes active.
HA Needs To Go

Townsend, MA

#14 Sep 30, 2010
Jim wrote:
Thye are now the new Unitil...

Yep Jim, I think you are right, and once again it is all about the money for the ones at the top of the food chain. I feel for the 19 staffers getting tossed to the curb, and they say that this area job outlook is improving. I don't see it, it appears to be getting worse every day. I wonder how big Muldoon's raise was this year?

Patients not having accessible mental health care and not having the ways or the means to get to Gardner, Leominster or other neighboring hospitals is going to create even more calls and problems for our Life Safety personnel, not just the police, but fire and EMTs as well. Along with further endangering innocent citizens.

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Sep 30, 2010
Where's our State Senator on this? I thought her whole mission was health. Her predecessor was all about mental health, too.

Since: Feb 10

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#16 Sep 30, 2010
And more unintended consequences from our liberal elite:

Firms cancel health coverage

Since April 1, the date many insurance contracts are renewed for small businesses, the owners of about 90 small companies in Massachussets
terminated their insurance plans with Braintree-based broker Jeff Rich and indicated in a follow-up survey that they were relying on publicly-funded insurance for their employees.

"Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you ... First of all, if you've got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you." -Obama

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Sep 30, 2010
As an employee of healthalliance I can tell you this as we see it now. There have been DAYS that mental health people wait for an admission; now that will be longer. So as they take up rooms in the ER, you, with sick kids will just wait longer. The people with insurance have to wait for people without insurance that have a splinter get seen.
As far as mental health ... they will choose to not get help; they will wander through your neighborhood as recent police calls have shown -- and as the manic depressant, suicidal/homicidal patient knocks on your door and says they want to hurt you and your family, they will not get treatment. They are the bottom of the totem pole, so they dont get help. In turn, they lash out at the community and we are at risk. Call your state senator --- everyday --- and get them involved. If not, your family will be put at risk by people with mental health issues wandering around your community. And yes, Healthalliance management IS mismanaging. Call for their resignations. Most hospitals HAVE reorganized and maintain profit. Healthalliance has not.

Gardner, MA

#18 Sep 30, 2010
maybe the 19 getting laid off can feed their families on HOPE&CHANGE thanks obama

Since: Feb 10

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#19 Sep 30, 2010
The projected expenses for Obamacare have been willfully hidden by the current crop of misfits in control of this government . Businesses across this country are responding in the economically most rational way: have taxpayers pick up the tab..

All you people should "THINK" long and hard when you go to the voting booth in November. Do you really want to support this current crop of misfits who have total control and power over our children's and their children's future ????
Lets see"
-Cap and Trade or Waxman-Markey “Cap and TAX (H.R. 2454)-
The plan to inflate the cost of energy, transportation, food and clothing by $1,241 annually that will strain every family budget "including the poor", and decimate this country's manufacturing sector --all in the name of supposedly saving us from global warming, global cooling and now climate change.

- Value Added Tax or "VAT" -
This tax is collected at each stage of production, rather than only at the retail level like state sales taxes. The plan is to hide taxes that can consistently move higher without 'taxpayer’s knowledge to provide funds to buy votes and keep our career politicians in office.

- Global Poverty Act -
Obama's Senate Bill 2433 that's “waiting in hiding” about global income "wealth" redistribution. Their distribution - our income. Heard much debate about it? Ah, it's only 8.5 tenths of a trillion.

- Amnesty for Illegal Aliens-
Giving more than ten million illegal aliens access to Auntie Zeituni Onyango’s new government teet. The same system that "took advantage" of her and will give every single illegal alien instant mandatory health care.
Absolutely every voter "with children" concerned with legal and/or illegal immigration needs to see these 2 short videos:
- Obamacare - Enough said!

Vote as if your kid’s life depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES
HA Needs To Go

Townsend, MA

#21 Sep 30, 2010
Help wrote:
Where's our State Senator on this? I thought her whole mission was health. Her predecessor was all about mental health, too.
Not sure to what "her" you are referring to. But I plan on writing, can't hurt right?


Write to Senator Scott Brown @

2400 JFK Federal Building
Boston, MA 02203

Write to John Kerry @

One Bowdoin Square
Tenth Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Fredric K Fortin

Vancouver, WA

#22 Sep 30, 2010
May I suggest We litterally hang mental patients that have criminal intent so we do not hve to deal with them again!
Do we have any volunteers to save their souls?
HA Needs To Go

Townsend, MA

#23 Sep 30, 2010
Email Jennifer Flanagan & Stephen Dinatale

Rep.StephenDiNatale@Hou.State. MA.US

Gardner, MA

#25 Sep 30, 2010
We can expect these same type of cuts to continue unabated.

Defensive business practices between Doctors and Hospitals throughout the country are now preventing people from keeping their "health care arrangements".

And to top all this off, many Businesses with 50 or more workers will be dropping generous health care coverage in favor of taking the $750 hit per employee. The annual savings to push employees off and into the the government taxpayers plan is enormous.

The penalty for 120 workers would be $90,000 annually instead of $480,000.

Leominster, MA

#26 Sep 30, 2010
What a great decision Health Alliance!! Why dont we alienate our town even more? Wasnt it just recently stated that we are the social services MECCA of the state (Fitchburg and Leominster) and now you are getting rid of beds? I find it hard to believe that only 8 beds are being used on a daily basis, since most times, it is hard to find an adult bed for a mentally ill person.
Why not look into our community and see whats happeneing? We have children with severe mental health issues being trucked all over the state, some even out of the state, because there isnt sufficient health care for them. Research the population you serve Mr. Muldoon and see how the families out here are struggling to visit their loved ones, which is critical in treatment. Why not get licensed to have a few children/adolescent beds? Instead, you get rid of it. Heywood's putting Gardner on the map, and HealthAlliance is making Fitchburg/Leominster become NOTHING!!
Its true what everyone is saying - really, dont go to Leominster if you want to be seen in a short amount of time. I'd rather drive to boston where you can at least get decent care!! An hour drive each way is half as much time as youd have to wait to be seen!!
Is this really Obama Care? Or is it people with big pockets trying to make them even bigger!!!

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