Martinsburg VAMC averts closing inpatient mental health wing - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Martinsburg VAMC averts closing inpatient mental health wing

April 8, 2016

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) has averted closing the inpatient psychiatric unit by matching the number of beds with the ability to provide on call psychiatric coverage.

 “We are pleased to announce that after re-evaluation of the current staffing levels and the great teamwork and cooperation of our staff‎, coupled with our strong desire to maintain access to psychiatric inpatient care at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, a solution for the care of Veterans has been identified,” said Timothy Cooke, medical center director. “We will be able to keep eight beds open on the inpatient psychiatric unit.” In order to accomplish this, the unit will be on partial diversion after normal working hours and weekends.

 During diversion, patients needing inpatient psychiatric care will be diverted to appropriate care medical centers within the VA Capitol Health Care Network Veterans may be placed in non-VA or Department of Defense facilities that provide the most appropriate level of care required.

 The medical center plan has been communicated with the VISN leadership, community hospital unit directors, and our union partners for notification, planning, and support purposes.

 The medical center leadership team continues to aggressively recruit and interview potential psychiatry candidates. The provision of safety and the highest quality of care is our foremost concern for the Veterans. 

 “In the coming months we anticipate additional staff joining Team Martinsburg to provide the care our Veterans deserve,” Cooke said.