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Cedars-Sinai to close most psychiatric services

November 30, 2011 | 12:59 pm

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center plans to close its inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units over the next year, the hospital announced Wednesday.

The hospital said in a statement that the closure is to "focus on the institution's core strengths while continuing to serve the community's healthcare needs."

The psychiatry training program also will end.

Last month, the hospital housed about 17 psychiatric patients on a daily basis. Cedars-Sinai plans to work with existing patients to transition them to other mental health centers. The hospital also is awarding $1.5 million in grants to local community groups serving psychiatric patients.

[For the record, 4:15 p.m. Nov. 30: The headline on a previous version of this post indicated that Cedars-Sinai would end all psychiatric services. The hospital will continue offering some psychiatric services, including in the emergency department and the cancer center.]


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Photo: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Credit: Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times