HOLYOKE, Massachusetts (WWLP) – On Thursday, the Massachusetts Nurses Association gathered outside Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, now known as MiraVista Behavioral Health Center, to express its concerns related to patient care.
The pandemic has affected mental health across the country. According to the CDC, “symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased significantly in the United States during April to June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.”
Following the change of ownership of Trinity Health to Health Partners New England, the MNA is concerned that patients will not receive the care they need.
“You will move from the non-profit society to a for-profit corporation and we believe this will certainly affect access to care,” Katie Murphy, president of the MNA, told 22News.
The change of ownership also means that the MNA will not have the capacity to defend staff and patients, especially at a time when mental health and substance abuse problems are on the rise.
“And when we’re organized, our voices are amplified and when we stand up for nurses, we stand up for our patients and we are very concerned that that outbreak and that voice is no longer heard,” Murphy said.
In response to the rally, the MiraVista Behavioral Health Center issued a statement, part of which said:
Despite picketing activities by the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the MiraVista Behavioral Health Center in Holyoke, the New England Health Partners team at MiraVista remains focused on meeting the need to provide psychiatric care west of MiraVista. Massachusetts. As planned, MiraVista began offering on-site outpatient addiction services yesterday and will open 36 long-awaited and much-needed psychiatric beds by the end of the month. We regret that the Massachusetts Nurses Association is trying to distract our patients and new team members, given the enormous effort to get these services back at such a crucial time.
Since acquiring the Providence Behavioral Health Center in Holyoke last month, HPNE has focused on licensing and opening the 74 beds that were closed last spring and plans to create 10 more beds in the coming months while continuing to provide treatment. against substance abuse in the surrounding community. We are proud to say that after months of working to comply with licensing and Joint Commission rules, we have officially opened the substance abuse facilities and will have our first psychiatric beds available early this week. it comes. This comes at a crucial time when mental health treatment and substance abuse disorder are in severe shortage in western Massachusetts.
We look forward to offering the same compassionate, high-quality health-related services in western Massachusetts that we do at our affiliated TaraVista facilities in Devens. Offering superior patient-centered care will always be our top priority at MiraVista.
Statement on the Massachusetts Nurses Association Picket at the MiraVista Behavioral Health Center