Checking into the Hospital

Inpatient treatment is used to rapidly resolve the crisis which brings the individual to the hospital. Our primary goal is to stabilize the situation as quickly as possible and develop a discharge and aftercare plan that will provide the support necessary to return to pre-treatment status.

All potential patients are assessed upon entering the hospital to determine whether or not the individual meets criteria for admission. If the individual meets criteria for admission, the patient may then be formally admitted through the business office, and then taken to the appropriate unit and assigned a room for their stay.

The patient is then met and oriented to the unit by the nursing staff. Depending upon the time of admission, the patient will meet their psychiatrist either that day or the next, as well as meet their social worker (assigned within 24 hours) and other important treatment staff (case manager, expression therapist, etc.). The patient will be given assistance from the staff to help them understand what they will experience during their stay. Active involvement of family and significant others in the patient’s treatment is essential.

Please limit the amount of money you bring to the hospital. A suggested amount is $10.00 or less. Valuables such as a driver’s license, checkbook, credit cards, keys and jewelry should be left at home for safekeeping or sent home with family upon admission. Small valuables and money brought to the hospital may be locked up in the hospital safe if necessary. The hospital is not responsible for personal items you choose to keep in your possession.

Leaving the Hospital

When your doctor determines that you are well enough to leave the hospital, you will receive detailed discharge procedures. The time you leave depends upon when your physician writes your discharge orders. Before leaving your room, please check for any articles you may have missed in packing. While every effort will be made to locate misplaced articles, the hospital is not responsible for articles left in your room. Please follow any instructions you have been give concerning your health and medications carefully. If you do not understand these instructions, please ask a nurse prior to leaving. If you require home health or hospice care, we will be happy to assist you in making arrangements.