When the new Corry Memorial Hospital opens at 965 Shamrock Lane, there will one unit missing that serves patients at the current hospital at 612 W. Smith St.

After 15 years of providing geriatric behavioral health services, there will not be a unit in the new hospital due to funding limitations. Barb Nichols, R.N., and chief executive officer of Corry Memorial Hospital, said funding was not available for additional space at the new hospital, which is under construction at its new site behind Walmart.

The behavioral health unit, called New Hope, will terminate its services at the hospital effective March 31. The date coincides with the contractual termination date for the Deerfield psychiatric services agreement.

The majority of the people served by the behavorial-health unit were not from Corry Memorial Hospital’s area.

“We are committed to working with other providers of this service for patient referrals from the primary-care physicians and the emergency department,” Nichols said in a news release.

See Saturday, February 4, 2012 issue of The Journal for complete story.

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