Electroshock comes to Intermountain Hospital
By Peter Wollheim
Intermountain Hospital, Boise's private psychiatric facility, has formally notified the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare of its intention to begin electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), "sometime in the middle of January 2005." Written notice was given by Intermountain administrator Richard Failla to the Bureau of Facilities Standards (BFS) on December 15, 2004. The BFS does not license hospital services but reviews their records to insure compliance with Medicaid/Medicare and other regulations. Yet Failla's straightforward letter to BFS gives no indication of his involvement with an ECT controversy at his last posting, an Amarillo psychiatric hospital, the Pavilion, once known as "the shock capital of Texas." Nor does it reflect upon the continued disputes over ECT among both professionals and self-professed "survivors of psychiatric abuse."
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