SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Some patients at AHS Sherman Medical Center  must find a new place to receive care after hospital leaders announced the shutdown of its in-patient Behavioral Health Unit.

The decision follows a comprehensive review which concluded that the behavioral unit was a less effective service for patients. 

"While we recognize the importance of behavioral health services, we believe that by focusing our resources on mammography, dialysis, and state of the art robotic surgical equipment we can better serve the overall health and well-being of our community," a hospital spokesperson said in a written statement on Monday.

The Behavioral Health Unit closed on Friday. It had previously been suspended for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, but reopened in the fall of 2022 with 12 new beds to serve patients with mental illness.

At that time, the hospital was known as Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center, and hospital administrators said psychiatric services were desperately needed across several counties.

"We understand this closure may present challenges, and we are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for current patients," the Sherman Medical Center spokesperson said.