CCMH Board of Trustees to discuss Behavioral Health Unit today


August 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees will hold a special public meeting this morning at 8 o’clock in Atlantic, to decide the future of the Behavioral Health Unit at CCMH. The meeting was to have been held last week, but CCMH Administrator Pat Markham said one of the board members was not available for that meeting.

The board has held previous discussions on the possible closure of the BHU, because they say, the facility has been losing revenue. In 2010, the unit cost the hospital $500,000.

The Cass County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Darby McLaren have sent letters to the board, offering their support for the Behavioral Health Unit, in hopes it will stay in Atlantic. At stake, are 21 jobs, and added costs to the County if BHU patients who are wards of the county, have to be transferred to other facilities across the state.

Today’s meeting will take place in CCMH Conference Room number One, first floor meeting room.