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DHH Transitions W.O. Moss Psychiatric Services to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital

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The following is a news release from CHRISTUS ST. Patrick Hospital:

The Department of Health and Hospitals and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital are working together to transition the adult psychiatric services now provided at W.O. Moss Regional Hospital, a state-owned and operated hospital in Lake Charles, to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. CHRISTUS St. Patrick Behavioral Health Services will begin serving these patients April 2, 2012.

The new adult psychiatry unit will initially have 15 adult beds and will provide high quality short-term treatment which will be enhanced by Magellan Health Services, the statewide management organization for behavioral health that will provide case management and discharge planning. David Buttross, M.D., will be the adult unit's medical service director.

"Our mission as an organization is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and our goal is to serve the needs of the community through improved treatment and compassionate care. Adult psychiatric services is an area of need throughout the state and we are excited to partner with the state to ensure those needs are met for the residents of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas," CHRISTUS Louisiana CEO Stephen F. Wright said.

"This is yet another example of public and private entities working together to maximize health care benefits for the people of Louisiana," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is a strong force in the community, known for its commitment to providing exceptional health care. Budget cuts don't have to mean fewer services. Through hard work and close community collaboration, we've been able to make sure that people in Southwest Louisiana will continue to receive high quality care while the Department makes more efficient use of taxpayer dollars - a true win-win situation."       

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Behavioral Health Services is currently undergoing renovations to accommodate the new adult psych unit. These changes will enhance clinical and aesthetic quality for patients.

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