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University of Louisville Hospital Unveils New $5 Million Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
Unit moving to new location in Ambulatory Care Building
Louisville, Ky. (January 10, 2017) – The Inpatient Psychiatric Services Unit at the University of Louisville Hospital has completed a $5 million renovation to offer patients more privacy, more space and enhanced care. The unit is moving to the third floor of the University of Louisville Ambulatory Care Building, located across the street from the main hospital. The unit offers a wide range of services aimed at treating people who have psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, psychosis, depression and schizophrenia. The Inpatient Psychiatric Services Unit helps provide a safe environment for patients, and prepares them for optimal functioning after discharge.
To celebrate the new unit, a ribbon-cutting will be held on Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Ambulatory Care Building, located at 550 S. Jackson Street.
The new Inpatient Psychiatric Services Unit boasts an additional 4,459 square feet and will provide patients with a family visitation room, 24/7 security wearing polo shirts, a larger area where patients can interact during the day, and an atrium that can be used for a variety of therapies. In addition, the 13,238-square-foot new space includes 20 private rooms, offering patients increased privacy and the benefit of daylight. Ten of the rooms in the new unit will include additional equipment to support medical needs for patients.
“Our top concern is the well-being and health of our patients,” said Charles Neumann, Interim President, University of Louisville Hospital. “This new unit will give patients more privacy, in a supportive and calming atmosphere, where they will receive the help and guidance they need.”
The Inpatient Psychiatry Services Unit treats adult and geriatric patients. Services include acute crisis stabilization, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), group/individual therapy, acute substance abuse detoxification, behavior management, medical management, and treatment of acute psychiatric symptoms. Staff members are trained to treat suicidal patients and help those with substance abuse problems.
“This new location will not only help patients, but their families as well,” said David Casey, MD, Chair, University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “Support from family members can be crucial during this time, and with our new family visitation room families will be able to see the progress their loved ones are making.”
Patients in the current inpatient unit, located at University of Louisville Hospital, will begin transferring to the new location in the Ambulatory Care Building the week of January 16, 2017.
Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS), which is also offered at University of Louisville Hospital, remains on the first floor of the main building. The hospital’s EPS is the region’s only specialty emergency room dedicated to the care, treatment and stabilization of patients with psychiatric disorders. EPS has two areas, including treatment observation and a 23-hour short stay unit. This unit is for patients, who require further stabilization before being discharged, transferred, referred, or admitted to an inpatient unit.
For more information on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, call 502.562.4680, or visit www.kentuckyonehealth.org/university-of-louisville-hospital-5010.
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