Board of directors vote to close NH specialty hospital
GREENFIELD — After a comprehensive examination of all alternatives, the Crotched Mountain Foundation Board of Directors voted Monday to close the Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital.
"This decision was not made lightly," said Michael Coughlin, President, and CEO of Crotched Mountain Foundation. "It followed a comprehensive operational report from national consultants and a thorough examination of all alternatives. In the end, we could not identify a sustainable financial solution nor continue to absorb the losses of the current program operation."
A combination of factors including reduced bed occupancy, rising costs and a limited reimbursement mix led to the financial losses.
The hospital closure is expected to affect approximately 130 staff members, about 12 percent of the workforce, though separations are expected to be less than 130 due to job opportunities within the rest of the organization. By law, impacted employees are given a 60-day-notice. However, the complete patient discharge process and winding down of operations are expected to last at least 90 days, according to the hospital.
Other Crotched Mountain programs including Crotched Mountain School, ATECH, Community Care, Residential Services and the Outpatient Clinic will not be affected by this decision.
Currently serving 30 patients, the specialty hospital focused its services on neurorehabilitation and other post-acute treatment following accident or injury for people with traumatic brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries and other conditions.
"Our top priority is to do right by our staff and our patients," said Michael Redmond, Chief of Hospital. "Over the next three months, we will ensure all of our patients experience safe and smooth discharges. We are also working with our staff to help them with their transition to new employment, either here in one of our other operating divisions or elsewhere."
“This decision in no way diminishes the mission of the hospital or the quality of the services we have provided for many years,” Coughlin said. “We take enormous pride in the lives that have been renewed and restored. The decision to close is lamentable, but one that must be taken if the Crotched Mountain organization, which serves thousands of people through its School, Outpatient Clinics and Community Services, is to remain financially viable.”