Starting on April 10, McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital will discontinue Generations, its inpatient geriatric psychiatric program.


 


Starting on April 10, McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital will discontinue Generations, its inpatient geriatric psychiatric program.

In its place, the hospital will begin Senior Life Solutions, an exclusively outpatient program.

Bob Copeland, McCune-Brooks CEO, said the move would be beneficial not only for the hospital, but for surrounding health facilities and the community.

“More and more care is delivered on an outpatient basis as opposed to an inpatient basis,” he said. “So we’re going to convert our inpatient unit into a disintensive outpatient program.”

Copeland said that Senior Life Solutions, its new program, would see patients on a staggered schedule. The patients would live at home, but would receive treatment on a three-day schedule during the week.

Patients in need of intensive, inpatient treatment would be referred to hospitals in the surrounding area, like Joplin’s Freeman Health Systems or St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

“With older adults living longer and longer today, they present a lot of medical problems,” he said. “We’re pretty limited on what we can do in terms of how we treat them from a medical perspective, and so I think at the end of the day the setting we’re going to have is going to be much better for the patient.”

McCune-Brooks will discharge its last Generations patient on April 10. Senior Life Solutions, however, won’t begin until around May 1.

“We’ll need some time,” Copeland said of the gap between the two programs. “We’ll need some time to develop the policies and procedures for the outpatients as opposed to the inpatients. We’ll need some staff transition and training time, as well.”

He said the hospital would work closely with area health facilities to ensure that all patients get the level of care they need.

“We believe that our outpatient program can help both of those hospitals,” he said of Freeman and St. John’s. “If we identify someone, an outpatient who requires inpatient psychiatric care, we can refer them to one of the Joplin facilities. And then if one of the Joplin facilities wishes to discharge a patient to an intensive outpatient program, we’ll have the services available for them.”