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Last updated 9:03PM ET
July 19, 2018
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Cambridge MH patients will come to Athens
(WOUB) - When the Cambridge state hospital is closed in the coming months to save money, most of the 48 patients will be transfered to Athens.

Ohio Department of Mental Health Deputy Director Jim Ignelzee says the move will double the size of the Athens hospital, from 40 patients to 80.

Some of the Cambridge patients will be discharged or taken to other facilities.

Ignelzi says the closing of the Cambridge campus of Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare will reduce Department expenses by nine million dollars.

125 employees there will be affected.

Ignelzi says some will be offered early retirement incentives...some will be transfered to the Appalachian Behavioral Athens campus...and some will be laid off.

The payroll at Athens is expected to increase from just over 100 to just over 150.

Ignelzi says to make room for the new patients in Athens, an out-patient provider who leases space at the hospital will be asked to leave.

The Mental Health outpatient and Mental Retardation operations at Cambridge will remain open.
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