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Published on April 03, 2012

Medical/Surgical Behavioral Health Unit Introduced at Crozer


behavioral health unit at crozer

Posing for a shot on 1 Southeast are staff members,
left to right, Gwendolyn Hood, Environmental
Services; Deborah L. Jackson, R.N., shift manager;
Mary Velazquez, R.N.; and Shannon Davis, LSW,
Social Worker.













Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently opened a new Medical/Surgical Behavioral Health Unit to provide care to patients with acute medical/surgical diagnoses with accompanying behavioral issues.

The unit has all the equipment and amenities needed to care for these patients. Care is provided around the clock by a team of physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, patient care technicians, pharmacists and ancillary staff who work collaboratively with the patients and their family members to return the patient to his or her optimal level of functioning, both physically and mentally.

“We are happy to collaborate with our medical and surgical colleagues in the provision of care for this specialized patient population,” says Kevin P. Caputo, M.D., president of Community Hospital and chairman of Psychiatry at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Taylor Hospital. Although this is not a psychiatric unit, many of the patients have behavioral problems that warrant daily psychiatric consultation. Ultimately, some of the patients warrant psychiatric hospitalization after admission to 1SE. The staff is highly trained to address all aspects of patient care.”

Admissions to the Medical/Surgical Behavioral Unit are facilitated through the hospital’s Emergency Department. The patient must have a primary acute medical or surgical diagnosis and evidence of behavioral issues, including one of the following:

• Agitated, impulsive behavior that could result in harm to self or to others (including patients on a 302 commitment filed in Delaware County)

• Uncontrolled wandering into unsafe areas

• Symptoms of substance withdrawal accompanied with delirium

• Determined to be unable to be safely treated in another level of care

The unit cares for adult men and women 18 years and older. Patients who are 16 and 17 years of age can be accepted on a case-by-case review. Physicians referring patients to the unit should have a viable discharge plan for the patient. Trauma cases are accepted. Adults on the autism spectrum or who have other developmental and cognitive disabilities can be evaluated for admission. The unit offers six semi-private rooms and four private rooms.

“The 1 Southeast medical/surgical behavioral unit is a medical/surgical unit designed to take into account the patient’s psychosocial/mental health needs during their hospitalization,” says Jeanne Rice, M.A., NCC, and director of the Behavioral Health. The unit is unique in that in addition to med/surg skills, the nursing staff on 1 Southeast have been oriented to behavioral health diagnoses, treatment and crisis development. Additionally, the unit is equipped to provide higher levels of observation for safety. Our staff works closely with the patient’s physicians, social worker and family to ensure that the mental health needs of the patients are addressed during their hospitalization. Our goal is to provide patients and their families with a positive experience during their stay.” The unit’s shift manager is Deborah Jackson, R.N.

To refer a patient to the unit, contact the Crozer patient flow coordinator at 1-877-2-GET-BED (1-877-243-8233).

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