Providence officials conflict competing mental health sanatorium plan

About 40 people testified during a open conference Wednesday about a 75-bed mental health sanatorium proposed in Lacey by a association called US HealthVest.

The two-hour open hearing, orderly by a state Department of Health and a certificate of need program, was hold during Lacey Timberland Library. Audience members fast filled a seats, while others stood in a behind of a room.

Of those 40 people, about half had ties to Providence Health Services, that operates Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, and all spoke out strongly opposite US HealthVest and a stream focus before a state health department, that is called a “certificate of need.”

Others who testified struck a neutral tone, emphasizing how good a mental health need is in Thurston County and a region. A smaller series spoke in support of a US HealthVest proposal, while some cried tainted about a rival inlet of a comments voiced during a hearing.

Providence Health Services, operative with Fairfax Behavioral Health, recently submitted a minute of vigilant to a state to pierce an 85-bed mental health sanatorium to Thurston County. Its certificate of need focus is not approaching until a finish of a month.

Some mentioned a Providence devise in their comments, though Certificate of Need Manager Janis Sigman cut them off, observant Wednesday’s conference was usually about US HealthVest’s proposal.

“I will stop we and ask we to pierce on from those comments,” Sigman told a audience.

It was suggested during a assembly that a state would collect one offer over a other, though Sigman pronounced both could be approved.

Medrice Coluccio, arch executive of Providence Health Services in Southwest Washington, kicked off a open testimony by observant she was “strongly opposed” to a US HealthVest certificate of need application.

She pronounced she had “grave concerns” about US HealthVest’s “financial fragility, money upsurge challenges, miss of longevity in a communities they serve, tenure changes, bad operation-site selection, inaccuracies in a application, and deficient gift caring and acknowledgment policies and practices.”

And that was only a beginning. Providence officials who followed her done identical comments.

Randy Marston, executive of a Marston Center in Lacey that provides a operation of conversing services, spoke in support of a US HealthVest proposal. He pronounced a series of his clients tumble into a difficulty of “mentally ill, chemically abusive.”

“We need, badly, mental health beds in this county,” he said.

Sheriff’s officials and military from Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties emphasized a need for mental health services.

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza pronounced a normal race in a county jail numbers 500, 35 percent to 45 percent diagnosed with a mental illness.

But Lacey Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint pronounced he called law coercion nearby US HealthVest’s mental health sanatorium in a Chicago area and it did not accept intense reviews.

One due plcae for a US HealthVest is on Lacey’s Woodland Square Loop, that is nearby Huntamer Park, an Intercity Transit station, and a Lacey campus of South Puget Sound Community College. Pierpoint pronounced he wants some-more clarity about how patients would be discharged, he said.

Katya Shkurkin, a Lacey-based therapist, took emanate with a idea of competing sanatorium proposals.

“There is copiousness of marketplace share here,” she said. “There is so most need for so many beds that we should support this trickery (US HealthVest) and other comforts and find pathways between them.”

Dr. Richard Kresch, boss and arch executive of US HealthVest, declined to criticism after a meeting, observant he was in a precipitate to locate a flight. At a tip of a meeting, Kresch pronounced US HealthVest was perplexing to residence a “massive, unmet need for psychiatric in-patient beds in a South Sound region.”

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