Avoid at all costs. Abusive to patients and Employees
clinician (Former Employee) – Tucson AZ – May 25, 2016
Though Palo Verde Behavioral Health was once a respected Psychiatric facility that actually cared for those in need with mental illness, when owned by Tucson Medical Center, it has become a greedy machine operating with as many patients and as few staff as they can get away with. This is the formula UHS (United Healthcare Services, the new owners) has used at all of their facilities. They have buckets of money earned by providing the lowest quality care they can possibly get away with. As a former nurse, I have seen that even the Doctors here are helpless pawns as the CEOs and Administrators have all the power and treat all the employees, yes even the high up Drs, like just another resource to squeeze as much out of as they possibly can and replace. In the end though it is the patients in need who end up suffering the most. Low staff numbers mean more incidents, assaults, violence and self harm while almost no time with providers means often not getting the right treatment or even dangerous mistakes forced by over-worked clinicians. Whenever possible patients and employees should stay away from any facility operated by United Healthcare Services UHS.
Also please see http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2016/danger-in-the-psych-ward/ and http://www.psychcrime.org/news/index.php?vd=1871&t=Universal+Health+Services%3A+List+of+behavioral+health+facilities+managed+by+UHS.