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Adult Psychiatry

Adult psychiatry services are provided at Providence Sacred Heart on a 48-bed locked unit, which includes general adult services, a 10-bed Geropsychiatry program and a 12-bed Acute Care Unit.

General Adult

Patients admitted to the Adult-Geriatric Psychiatry Unit are primarily adults between the ages of 18 and 55 who are experiencing an acute phase of depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia and/or significant problems of living associated with personality disorders. Many of these adults also have secondary problems with substance abuse. The primary focus of this short-stay, acute unit is to assist patients in stabilization and symptom management, in order to return to the community for continued care.

A board-certified psychiatrist cares for each patient and leads the care team, which includes registered nurses, licensed mental health counselors, certified nursing assistants and activity therapists. In addition to providing traditional medical care (health assessment, treatments and medication), the staff monitors and supervises a therapeutic environment that provides structure, safety and support, to promote stabilization of the acute illness. Patients also benefit from the support of experienced registered nurses who serve as case managers to make sure the necessary care or community services are available after discharge from the hospital.

Geriatric Psychiatry

This 10-bed program provides care to psychiatric patients 56 years and older with diagnoses of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other associated chronic medical conditions. An experienced nurse practitioner (ARNP) provides medical evaluation and care in conjunction with the patient's psychiatrist. Staff works closely with families and community to provide holistic care. Patients also receive assistance with daily living activities from skilled support staff.

Acute Care Units

This 12-bed unit provides the most intensive care available in the region for patients who require continuous monitoring in an environment that is secured for their own protection. Most patients respond to treatment and are well enough to transfer to the general unit within 72 hours.