Springfield, MA. (February 17, 2021) – Mercy Medical Center has long been committed to behavioral health care, often collaborating with other hospitals, organizations and agencies to offer new and more integrated, sustainable and effective pathways to care. Such collaborative planning is essential in developing creative and effective ways of matching patient needs with available resources.
As part of ongoing efforts to help patients access timely, appropriate psychiatric care, Mercy has engaged with Health Partners New England (HPNE) to develop an opportunity that will further serve the needs of these patients and the local community.
Effective today, Mercy Medical Center has sold Providence Behavioral Health Hospital to Health Partners New England (HPNE). HPNE will operate the facility under the name MiraVista Behavioral Health and resume operations of the Acute Treatment Service (detoxification), Clinical Stabilization Service (post-detoxification), and outpatient services including the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), court ordered services, and the Opioid Treatment Program without interruption of service.
Additionally, HPNE plans to establish inpatient psychiatric services at the facility. HPNE is currently working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to acquire licensure to provide up to 84 inpatient beds. The timeline for the opening of these inpatient beds is still being determined.
Mercy Medical Center will assist colleagues who are affected by the sale, where possible, with Trinity transfers, statutory benefits for employment loss, referrals for alternative employment and further educational opportunities, and with cooperation with MiraVista for those seeking employment with the new owner.
Brightside for Families and Children will continue to provide high quality services to the Western Massachusetts community under the umbrella of Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health Of New England. Offices will remain in the former Providence Behavioral Health Hospital building under a lease agreement with HPNE.
This marks a return to the facility and these services for HPNE, which provided certain management services at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital for a three-year period beginning in 2011. In assuming ownership of behavioral health services at this campus, HPNE brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in behavioral health service delivery, as well as an impressive record of accomplishment in managing hospital inpatient and outpatient behavioral health units, programs and services.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center has established itself as one of the leading providers of health care services in Western Massachusetts. In 2015, Mercy Medical Center became part of Trinity Health Of New England, an integrated health care delivery system that is a member of Trinity Health, Livonia, Michigan, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation serving communities in 22 states. Mercy Medical Center is a 182-bed acute care hospital in Springfield. Other facilities include Mercy’s Rehabilitation Hospital, a comprehensive hospital-based rehabilitation center on the campus of Mercy Medical Center; Brightside for Families and Children, an outpatient service offering counseling and family support program. Visit us at TrinityHealthOfNE.org for more information and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MercyMedicalMAand on Instagram at www.instagram.com/mercymedicalma.