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  • CJNVICTORIAN,

    Why are you yelling at us?

    And why would it be some ER nurse's DUTY to tell some VCSO deputy to tell the Sheriff that a significant section of the County hospital was closing? That was David Brown's DUTY as the CEO of the hospital.

    Glad you got your head out of the sand in time to post on this 5 day old story, though! Thanks for stopping in!

    April 8, 2010 at 9:45 p.m.
  • GET REAL FOLKS! SHERIFF O'CONNER KNEW ABOUT THE CLOSING EARLIER THAN THE DAY BEFORE. MANY OF THE OFFICERS, CITY AND COUNTY, HAVE BEEN BRINGING "PATIENTS" TO THE E.R. AND THE STAFF THERE KNEW ABOUT THE IMPENDING CLOSING. I AM SURE THE E.R. STAFF INFORMED THE DEPUTIES AND THE OFFICERS OF THE FUTURE CLOSING. IF SHERIFF O'CONNER TRUELY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE CLOSING THEN HE NEEDS TO LOOK TO HIS DEPUTIES FOR NOT TELLING HIM THE "SCOOP" OR HE NEEDS TO GET HIS HEAD OUT OF THE SAND.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:16 p.m.
  • Ahh, so true. The truth is not as important as the people who guard freedom of speech in Victoria. Information is on a need to know basis, and no one thinks we need to know. Certain people want this to die and want the physicians blamed. "Water under the bridge" and move on. Dig deeper my friends, because it's not all as it appears.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:06 a.m.
  • Mr. Brown should have been fired years ago. He does not care about the CITIZENS of Victoria County. Pretty ironic that he is in charge of Citizens' County Hospital, isn't it?

    April 5, 2010 at 8:17 p.m.
  • Gulf Bend is a wonderful organization that actually CARES about Victoria - you can't say the same for Citizens. They could EASILY find physician/psychiatrist support the program but they don't care if your tax dollars fund them... that money belongs to Dave Brown. He won't follow the law to spend it, and he will do what he wants - and the Advocate will never print the truth about this, because they have historically sat on the board at Citizens.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:14 p.m.
  • The psychiatrist did not do this for more money. They are going to suffer loss of funds from their decision. The decision has more to do with workload and politics. Yes, probably was only one person on the unit the last day. Duh! They were closing!

    A previous article stated that the average census was about 4. Well. that may be or may not be but even at that number over 1,400 patients got to stay nearer to home for treatment of mental health. Why didn't anyone know of the closure? So no one would stand up to stop it!

    Doesn't pass the sniff test. Ha. It stinks to high Heaven.

    April 4, 2010 at 7:33 p.m.
  • Jail Administrator Abel Arriazola and Deputy Jeff Janecek have done an excellent job of directing folks who need protection from themselves away from the Victoria County Jail, to the more appropriate psych assessment section of CMC. They have managed to create a system that keeps mentally ill folks out of jail where they do not necessarily belong.

    What a shame that David Brown did not think a discussion with the Sheriff or his staff about this was important.

    I am seriously liking David Brown less and less. What was he, the 4th or 5th most powerful person in Victoria? Hmmm.

    April 4, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.
  • I'm on O'Connor's side in this matter. Despite the fact that county jails and prisons cost more and are less effective than treatment, mental health budgets across the country have been slashed to build more prisons. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world.The U.S. incarceration rate on December 31, 2008 was 754 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents.The USA also has the highest total documented prison and jail population in the world.

    April 4, 2010 at 3:20 p.m.
  • Gulf Bend did buy the Regional Plaza out on the Cuero Hwy. by DeTar North.

    They rented their space at the old Town Plaza Mall.

    April 4, 2010 at 1:54 p.m.
  • In the 1970s the State run system of mental health hospitals was closed down and people basically put out on the streets to root hog or go naked. Until it touches them directly, most people do not give a tinker's damn about mental health care. Our law enforcement people do the best they can, but they are not mental health care professionals. We need the support of the whole community to make this situation better.

    April 4, 2010 at 1:40 p.m.
  • Bobmorry...the church right behind the old mall owns the mall and the land. just fyi...

    April 4, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Did'nt Gulf Bend buy the old Regional Plaza? Think they have way more space than they need so guess now they are in the commerical rental business too in addition to mental health. I know, I know, they will make money off the rentals, needed more space, etc, etc. Why not just concentrate on doing what you do best. If you have that much money you whould think you would employee (entice) psy doctors to take care of the inpatient services that "your" clients need. Sure someone helped someone helped someone on the real estate "deal".

    April 4, 2010 at 11:05 a.m.
  • The closing of the mental health unit at Citizens Medical Center should be causing concerns from those who frequently use the unit. This is a serious situation that some folks wished would have just slid right on past most others without notice.

    The obvious answer to the closure of the unit is to utilize the community resource already in place, Gulf Bend, but that is already being done. Gulf Bend has been providing assessment services for some time. They are the agency that is called when a mental health patient presents at the ER. They send someone to the hospital to make an assessment of the patient’s condition and then make the recommendation to hospitalize or not. If you can believe everything that is being tossed around, there should be no change.

    According to Police Chief Bruce Ure, “I don't believe we're going to miss a beat," he said. "Gulf Bend has assured us they're a partner in this with us. I remain confident we'll be able to provide the service that we've always provided." I don't believe this affects Gulf Bend at all. They close at 5:00; anything after hours is going to go.....where?

    Sheriff T. Michael O’Connor, though, has a bit of a different perspective on the situation. He said, “It was the element of surprise," O'Connor said about when he found out a day before the unit closed. "From what little I know, there will be no services." “It was the element of surprise…” That is a very telling statement. Why didn’t Citizen’s CEO David Brown give law enforcement more notice on this? What was the purpose of keeping this quiet? So that he could make the participating psychiatrists look like the bad guys? And as long as Brown keeps tossing the blame that direction, and as long as the psychiatrists are keeping mum on this, he may just succeed in that little plan.

    Brown has an opinion on what Citizen’s needs to do, but doesn’t sound very optimistic about it. He said one option for the hospital is to recruit psychiatrists who could possibly reopen the unit in the future, but that is a long-term option. I wonder why the psychiatrist currently employed by Gulf Bend, Dr. James Dotter, cannot provide those services? Seems to me that, if the County is going to contract with Gulf Bend for mental health assessments, part of that same contract would include the in-patient services needed. As it currently is, Gulf Bend assesses, someone else (Lyman, Bouras, and Creager until recently) provides inpatient services, and then Gulf Bend picks up the aftercare, in most cases. Why would the County contract for partial services? Why would they not require that the agency awarded the mental health contract not provide full services?

    There is something very sneaky and covert here. This isn't passing the sniff test.

    April 4, 2010 at 10:20 a.m.
  • Maybe now the government will help out more. Maybe they will help Gulf Bend more also.
    There is so many that need this help. And they have the right to this help.
    I pray God sends a few awesome Psychiatrists for this area.
    This is so sad to have happened.

    April 4, 2010 at 8:42 a.m.