The Behavorial Health Services program at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan and the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Inpatient at Geneva General Hospital are closing down.
The Finger Lakes Times reports Finger Lakes Health’s Board of Directors made the decision to close the units in November. The organization said the programs were no longer sustainable. In a statement, Finger Lakes Health’s Lara Turbide said they will continue to deliver outpatient behavoiral health services at the John D. Kelly Center operated by Soldiers and Sailors Hospital.
You can read Lara’s full statement below:
“As with any service changes, significant consideration is given to community need, volumes, and financial viability. At this time we have made notification to regulatory agencies including the New York State Department of Health related to our request and plan to discontinue services at Geneva General Hospital related to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit based on reimbursement challenges and low volumes. In addition, we have submitted a request to New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Mental Health for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital to discontinue Inpatient Behavioral Health Services related to lack of reimbursement and declining volumes. For both services, there are local alternatives including rehabilitation care delivered by Finger Lakes Health at Living Center South including our transitional care (short-term rehab program) and the swing bed program at Soldiers & Sailors. For Inpatient Behavioral Health, there are other inpatient behavioral health units regionally who have capacity. Finger Lakes Health will continue to deliver outpatient behavioral health services at the John D. Kelly Center operated by Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. There are appropriate processes to follow and we are just beginning to work through this process with the appropriate regulatory agencies.”