Bridgeway Center closing all inpatient services (GALLERY)

bridgeway closing inpatient services

Workers man the nurses station Wednesday at the Bridgeway Center, Inc., Crisis Stabilization Unit on Shell Avenue on Fort Walton Beach.

NICK TOMECEK / Northwest Daily News
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH —Bridgeway Center’s Crisis Stabilization Unit will close its doors in March, affecting numerous agencies in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

The closing is expected no later than March 31.

View photos of the crisis unit.

According to a news release from Bridgeway, Florida’s reimbursement rate is $293.24 per bed. The actual cost to Bridgeway is estimated at $516.58 per bed.

“The differential between rates and costs leaves a daily operational deficit for (Bridgeway)’s 16 inpatient beds of approximately $3,573.44 per day,” Daniel Cobbs, Bridgeway’s CEO, said Wednesday.

Cobbs said health care facilities’ budgets have not adjusted for inflation since 1993, causing operational costs to far exceed the dollars available.

“It’s not just us who are affected; it’s statewide with the legislative priorities right now,” Cobbs said. “If there had been an adjustment we wouldn’t be in this predicament. That is the root cause behind all this.”

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