Integris Miami Hospital has announced it will be closing its outpatient mental health clinic on Friday.
MIAMI– Integris Miami Hospital has announced it will be closing its outpatient mental health clinic on Friday.
The outpatient clinic is one of two units that comprised Integris Generations, a mental health services provider for seniors 55 and older.
The original Generations inpatient unit will continue normal operations and will not be affected by the outpatient closing.
“Two years ago, we expanded our psychiatric program by adding an outpatient mental health clinic,” said Integris Miami Hospital in a statement to the Miami News-Record. “Unfortunately, the clinic has continually operated at a loss.
“There are three additional mental health clinics in Miami and numerous providers and clinics within a 35-mile radius. We will work with our patients to ensure their records are transferred to the provider of their choice. The clinic will cease operations Feb. 3, 2017.
“We will continue to serve the mental health needs of our area through our inpatient unit, Integris Generations. For more than 25 years, the experts at Integris Generations in Miami have been successfully treating the behavioral health issues of those 55 and older.”
Generations patients were notified of the closing through a letter in the mail in December. The letter reads:
“It is with deep regret that we must inform you of the recent decision to close the Generations Outpatient Clinic in Miami, Oklahoma effective Feb. 3, 2017. Enclosed is an authorization for release of your medical records to provide to a physician of your choice.
"Please complete the release, sign it, and return it to: Integris Medical Group, 310 2nd Avenue SW Miami, OK 74354. This release will allow the office to share your medical record with that physician.”
Integris Marketing Representative Kristi Wallace said patients will be referred to other facilities or they can go to one of their choosing.
“Patients can choose their own provider, and we will do everything we can to accommodate the transition," Wallace said. "Our employees are very dedicated to our patients and we want to help them easily transfer their care.”
Generations Outpatient Clinic opened in the summer of 2015, which provided mental health services to patients for more individualized treatment.
In January 2016, Generations expanded its outpatient services to individuals 18 and up in an effort to serve a wider client base.
“Our team has worked hard and they’ve tried numerous approaches to sustain the clinic, including expanding our patient base," Wallace said. "Unfortunately, the clinic has not been able to sustain itself.”
In the letter sent to patients about the closing of outpatient services, four clinics serving the region were suggested to provide continued care:
Grand Lake Mental Health, 111 S Treaty Rd., Miami, Oklahoma, 918-273-1841.
Ozark Center, 1105 E 32nd St. #2, Joplin, MO, 417-347-7600.
Parkside Hospital and Clinic, 1620 East 12th Street, Tulsa, OK, 918-582-2131.
Laureate Outpatient Clinic, 918-491-3700.
Wallace said the hospital has already called the four suggested facilities and confirmed they have room for new patients.