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Last updated 12:15PM ET
September 20, 2018
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Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare changes
(WOUB) - In just a matter of days, the Cambridge campus of Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare will close and the Athens campus will take over the care of all the hospitalized patients.

Announced several months ago, the consolidation officially takes place June 30th...with an expected cost savings to the state of eight million dollars a year.

Jim Ignelzee is Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

He says Cambridge's 48 bed capacity is being moved to Athens...which will become an 88 bed facility.

Ignelzee says of the 128 staff at Cambridge, 55 will transfer to Athens...while others will take early retirement...others will be laid-off...and others exercise union seniority and move to jobs elsewhere.

Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare will have 165 employees at Athens...with an annual budget of nearly 20 million dollars.

While the Athens economy will realize a significant boost, Cambridge will suffer a significant loss.

The operating budget there in the past year was nearly 16 million dollars.

According to the most recent numbers available, 26 people were being cared for in Cambridge and 40 in Athens.

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