Ardmore, Okla. – Mercy Hospital Ardmore has established a Senior Behavioral Health Unit, which opened July 1, 2014. This short-term inpatient unit is designed to provide psychiatric services for individuals over the age of 65.
The new 16-bed unit has been specifically tailored to address the unique needs of seniors by providing them with a safe, structured and supportive environment.
“Mercy’s goal is to become the leader in south central Oklahoma in providing behavioral health services for our growing senior population, allowing them to stay close to home,” said Daryle Voss, president of Mercy Hospital Ardmore. There is a true need for a program like this in our area as patients are traveling well over an hour to receive this type of inpatient care.”
Emotional and psychological distresses such as anxiety, depression, changes/problems with medication and dementia are some of the areas in which this service will be able to offer strategies for managing these challenges successfully. Particularly, the program will serve individuals who are anxious or depressed, have mood or behavioral disturbances, have thought or other emotional disturbances, have attempted suicide or are considered a suicidal risk, or have changes/problems with medication and dementia.
A patient, physician or referring party may contact the intake/admissions department of the unit to receive an initial screening for admission. Ideally, the inpatient stay will be planned, allowing staff to assess the patient and develop an initial treatment and discharge plan. The program will offer patients strategies for successfully meeting challenges so that they may recover and lead full, meaningful lives.
Mercy Hospital Ardmore has contracted with Telecare, a management company, to provide the specific psychiatric components of the program. Telecare will provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of behavioral health.
The new unit is located within the new patient bed tower on Mercy Hospital Ardmore’s main campus.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.