I saw the news story about the shortage of psychiatrists in Iowa and Governor Branstad’s plan to shut down two of the state’s Mental Health Institutes (Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant). Dr. Al Whitters mentions that his hospital now boards patients in the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center while the hospital searches for psychiatric hospitals to transfer them because Mercy has no beds.
I was on duty this weekend like I have been about every other weekend at our hospital and we have been having the same challenges. I agree with Dr. Whitters. It isn’t so much the closing of the two MHIs I want to stop. It’s the lack of a plan for improving inpatient mental health care that concerns me.
And then later this evening my wife and I were watching MeTV and we saw an old…
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