Mahaska County Hospital Closing Geriatric Psychiatry Unit

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OSKALOOSA, Iowa  --  Friday is the last day for the inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit in Oskaloosa.

The Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital is closing the unit known as Vision Quest, an eight-bed unit that specialized in diagnosis and care of seniors with mental health issues.

Hospital leaders say this was a financial decision in light of changes in payments by Medicare Advantage plans.

MHP says most of their patients came from outside Mahaska County last year.

Mental health care has been a growing concern in the state. In a recent mental health report, Iowa ranked the second worst state in care.

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