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The local Coos Bay hospital had plans to close its behavioral health unit, but community protests kept it open

The local Coos Bay hospital had plans to close its behavioral health unit, but community protests kept it open
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In May, Bay Area Hospital announced it was closing its behavioral health unit due to rising costs. But after community protests, the hospital found a way to stay open for another 12 months using funds from Advanced Health, which helps coordinate care for Coos and Curry County residents under the Oregon Health Plan. Brian Moore is the president and CEO of Bay Area Hospital. He joins us to talk about what led to the initial closure and how they will keep it open after the first year is over.

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