Recently appointed director of the state’s behavioral health agency Maria Montanaro says Eleanor Slater Hospital is facing serious problems. She told members of the House finance committee this week that the state-run hospital is costing more than it should, particularly in personnel.
“The recent study we completed shows our overtime hovers at 11 percent," said Montanaro, "while a private hospital system would expect overtime at two to three percent of its personnel hours.”
Eleanor Slater Hospital cares for patients with psychiatric disorders and serious, long term medical problems. It costs more than $100 million dollars a year to operate, and has recently faced allegations of abuse and inadequate care.