UVMC closes unit

Staff report

TROY — Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) has announced it will suspend operation of the UVMC child and adolescent inpatient behavioral health unit, effective Sept. 30.

The suspension of operation is a result of UVMC’s current child and adolescent inpatient psychiatrist leaving to relocate in Detroit, Michigan.

“Despite significant dedicated efforts to recruit additional inpatient child/adolescent psychiatry practitioners over the past several years, we have not been able to find a replacement at this time,” said Becky Rice, UVMC president and CEO. Therefore, with much regret, we are forced to suspend operation of our 18-bed unit for an undetermined period of time until we can successfully recruit a qualified psychiatrist for that role.”

At this time, a number of alternative inpatient child and adolescent service sites are located in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo and Akron; and one provider of adolescent services only is located in Dayton. A list of inpatient providers is available by calling 937-440-4238.

Staff report