Kansas City psychiatric hospital Two Rivers to close, lay off 129

Two Rivers Behavioral Health System in Kansas City will close on Feb. 9 and lay off 129 employees. The hospital’s business director said the decision was made by the hospital’s parent company, Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services.

The 105-bed facility opened in 1986 to treat psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Federal health regulators cited the hospital last year for failing to provide care in a safe setting for some suicidal patients.

Two Rivers reported a loss of $3.4 million in 2017, the last year for which its finances are available. The hospital has stopped accepting patients and is preparing to close permanently.

Universal Health is the largest operator of psychiatric hospitals in the country, including facilities in St. Louis and Nevada, Missouri. The company is also the subject of a criminal probe from the U.S. Department of Justice into claims that its facilities exaggerated patient symptoms to fill hospital beds solely for financial gain.

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