Fulfilling an identified need in the Massachusetts healthcare system, MetroWest Medical Center’s Leonard Morse Hospital announced last Tuesday that it would narrow its focus almost exclusively on behavioral healthcare.
The Natick hospital informed the Department of Public Health that it intends to close its emergency room and surgical units by May. In place of the facility’s acute care services, the MetroWest hospital would focus on child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatric care, sleep lab services, and imaging.
MetroWest, a member of Tenet Healthcare, said it would expand services at Framingham Union Hospital, which is located 5.2 miles from Leonard Morse. Harding said Framingham Union would upgrade its emergency department, hospital infrastructure, and clinical equipment, and invest in its cardiovascular service line and wound care.
“Behavioral health is a challenge in our community, and it is critical we optimize our services to help address the issue,” said CEO of MetroWest Medical Center Andrew Harding.