UW Medicine shuts down psychiatric unit amid financial shortfall


UW Medicine will close Seven North, a psychi­atric facility at UW Medicine — Montlake, laying off staffers and reducing the number of inpatient beds avail­able to those in need of care amid the state’s mental health crisis.

They are going to officially close the unit,” said Tina Mankowski, a UW Medicine spokesperson. Twenty-three jobs are being cut, though employees could fill open roles elsewhere in the UW Medicine system.

The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion (WSNA), which repre­sents Seven North nurses, issued a state­ment calling for UW Medicine to reverse course and re-open this facility.” Negoti­a­tions over layoffs will begin Monday, said Heather Vargas-Lyon, a nurse who will partic­i­pate in bargaining.


THE SEATTLE TIMES: UW Medicine shuts down psychiatric unit amid financial shortfall (6/15/20)