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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Leominster Resident

Worcester, MA

#49 Oct 1, 2010
res wrote:
are you serious about the waiting not being that bad, i sat in that waiting room for 16 hours do see a damn doctor, THAT HOSPITAL ER IS A JOKE!!!
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I wasn't clear on my statement. sorry! I was trying to make a comment that, the waiting is nothing compared to the lack of and poor quility of care. Yes the waiting totally suxs and the health care is even worse than that! How could someone in good conscience allow someone to wait when it was clear that the person was having a strock. There are alot of good nurses and doctors. It's just to bad that that politics plays a factor!
Ron Cline

Saint Paul, MN

#50 Oct 1, 2010
Okay, it's Obamacare. What was the excuse before that when Health Alliance has been shutting everything down at Burbank over the last ten years? They were getting ready for Obama?
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Lunenburg, MA

#51 Oct 1, 2010
Yep wrote:
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It's locked. Certain staff there just doesn't like to keep it full because it's more for them to do. They also refuse all patients that MIGHT be even remotely aggressive or violent(which is pretty much the huge majority of MH patients). Sad. They dug their own grave.
They absolutely dug their own grave!!! Because they only have a psychiatrist on call, who never responds other than over the phone, everyone who goes there has to be voluntary. The majority of the patients waiting DAYS in the ED are not voluntary they are on a section 12, meaning involuntary and there needs to be a doctor at the hospital to accept/sign them in, and that DOES NOT HAPPEN AT BURBANK. Their staff, soon to be out of their cushy jobs, refuses to take 98% of the patients from the ED in Leominster, and as hard (or not so hard) as admistration has tried to get involved they can not make them accept patients even though we are in the same Umass Memorial system. I personally hope theY enjoy waiting in the unemployment line with the same people that would have kept them employed if they had done thier job well.
Mike fom Leominster

Leominster, MA

#52 Oct 2, 2010
RealChange wrote:
You'll be busy figuring out how you'll adjust your budget to pay for that 65% tax rate ... for all those new and horribly run government services.
Best of health to you!
I spend enough time trying to adjust my budget to pay $1,500 a month for health ins. NOW. Your point?
Mike fom Leominster

Leominster, MA

#53 Oct 2, 2010
Ron Cline wrote:
Okay, it's Obamacare. What was the excuse before that when Health Alliance has been shutting everything down at Burbank over the last ten years? They were getting ready for Obama?
You have to understand, with rabid right wing republicans, it's all politics all the time.
Wasabi

United States

#54 Oct 2, 2010
Go to leominster emergency room if you want to die. The care sucks 4-6hour wait. I have the gold card massheath. I should be top priority. Obama bush clinton thank god for free everything!
Gardner Guy

Gardner, MA

#55 Oct 6, 2010
OMG, Stamos has lostr his home!
tom

United States

#56 Apr 17, 2011
if people did not abuse the rights to go go to the hospital (mainly mass health morons)the er would not have the problems that they do!
jack t

United States

#57 Apr 17, 2011
the hospital sucks!!!!! i would not even send my pet rat there only idiots work there. they should close it down and get a good reputable hospital.
fred thompson

United States

#58 Apr 17, 2011
the so called hospital is run by 3 stooges instead of bad news bears it should be called bad news hospital its very shameful and downgrades leominster(big time)
Lonewolf

Leesville, SC

#59 Apr 18, 2011
Now they'll have to house them in the local ERs,good luck with that.
tjhnsskd

Los Angeles, CA

#62 Feb 1, 2012
ok sure i agree too
tjhnsskd

Seychelles

#63 Feb 1, 2012
sure thing my good
Rip off

Leominster, MA

#64 Feb 1, 2012
Doctors and Hospitals are a rip off. My wife wasn't feeling well and it's a good thing I have good insurance. After blood work, x-rays, cat scans, dog scans, MRI's and an appointment to a specialist in Worcester they came to the conclusion she's going through menapaus. Well no kidding, I could have told you that when she was trying to cook Eggos with a hair dryer and accused me for the price of ham at the grocery store.
Batman

Concord, MA

#65 Feb 1, 2012
i went to talk to mayor wong one day about how her family raped me to make her and the bitch called a pig who sent me to a psych ward as an ACUTE case even though the pig and i had no contact in years.
These 2 public pukes used their positions to charge the state 10k in hopes their raping could go undetected.
Maybe if rent a holes like the mayor didnt use public money to prevent pedophiles from facing justice we wouldnt have these problems
The Insider

Gardner, MA

#66 Feb 1, 2012
Wasabi wrote:
Go to leominster emergency room if you want to die. The care sucks 4-6hour wait. I have the gold card massheath. I should be top priority. Obama bush clinton thank god for free everything!
If you have to wait 4-6 hours then you are not in a life or death situation that needs attending to within seconds. That is what the ER is for.
jack

Clinton, MA

#67 Dec 24, 2013
hospital sucks should get there act together not be a bunch of morons
Lynchie

Concord, MA

#68 Dec 24, 2013
jack wrote:
hospital sucks should get there act together not be a bunch of morons
especially since you need to be admitted

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