CCMH BOARD HOLDS MEETING TO DISCUSS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH UNIT
(Atlantic) The future of the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s behavioral health unit remains up in the air following a lengthy meeting Tuesday morning.
In a crowded conference room, several members of the public made comments to support keeping the behavioral health unit and then a presentation was shown that documented the hospital’s $433,979 loss to the bottom line in the fiscal year 2010 from the cost of the Behavioral Health Services.
Board member Lois Casey motioned to downsize the Behavioral Health Unit from an 8-bed facility to a 4-bed facility which would be housed in a new location within the hospital.
The board went to a roll call vote with Phyllis Stakey saying yes, then Ned Brown also saying yes. John Molgaard cast the first no vote. After Molgaard, Lois Casey voted yes, and then Leanne Pellett and Steve Sisler each voted against the motion do downsize the unit from 8 to 4 beds. Pellett and Sisler both indicated they would like to see a better estimate of how downsizing would affect the financial picture.