The effects of the sequester hit the military hard, trickling down to programs such as the military wellness program at Holliswood Hospital, hospital CEO Alan Eskanazi said. Because of this the program dwindled from about 17 people to about nine, significantly cutting funds.
This is a key reason why the 27-year-old, 125-bed private psychiatric hospital will close its doors on Friday, he said.
All patients — about 30 remain — were discharged normally or transferred to an area hospital. And 350 employees will be let go. Many have found work at job fairs held at Holliswood this week, Eskanazi said.
“It’s a sad day,” he said.
The closure could have been prevented with a better system to collect patient fees from insurance companies and better marketing of the military program Eskanazi said. Liberty Behavioral Management Corp. owns Holliswood as well as Arms Acres in Carmel and Conifer Park in Glenville and made the decision to close.
Another factor was a failed deal, but “deals come and go” Eskanazi said.