HCA hospital to close psychiatric unit due to staff shortages

Good Samaritan Hospital, operated by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, plans to close the inpatient psychiatric facility at its Mission Oaks Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif., on Aug. 20, NBC reported July 10.

The closure of the 18-bed facility would leave Santa Clara County with less than 200 inpatient psychiatric beds, according to the report. 

"Good Samaritan has done everything in its power to staff the behavioral health unit, including a telehealth option," HCA told NBC in a statement. "Unfortunately, in the post-pandemic, healthcare ecosystem, we can't find qualified staffing for this unit."

The hospital is also closing its pediatric intensive care unit.

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