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VA Center Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Closes

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The Martinsburg VA Medical Center says its inpatient psychiatric unit will be temporarily closed starting Monday.

The Journal reports the center made the announcement Wednesday.

VAMC spokesman Mike McAleer says the closure is due to staff losses stemming from retirements, people changing jobs and other circumstances.

He says the center will be closed for no longer than nine months, but it could be shorter.

The unit holds 19 beds and sees an average of 15 patients per day.

McAleer says in the meantime, patients will be transferred within the VA network to provide services for them.

He says the center is developing a new model to help improve the unit, how to manage it and evaluate staffing levels.

The center plans to hire additional staff as soon as possible.