Amid Statewide Mental Health Care Crisis, UW Looks to Shutter Psychiatric Unit


Facing a finan­cial crunch, UW Medicine is consid­ering closing part or all of the psychi­atric unit at the Univer­sity of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), a spokesperson confirmed. The unit is currently licensed to operate 20 beds, but only operates 10 after recent staffing decreases. It admits about 430 patients per year, according to UW Medicine, and 26 nurses, doctors, and other staff work in the unit.

If the unit closes, psychi­atric patients will be left to seek care from other hospi­tals in the region, and nurses and doctors will be laid off. The poten­tial closure has left many in the psychi­atry unit anxious. Health care providers worry about the fate of their patients in a state with a severe shortage of beds for people needing inpatient psychi­atric care.


THE STRANGER: Amid Statewide Mental Health Care Crisis, UW Looks to Shutter Psychiatric Unit (4/3/18)