MOULTRIE, Ga. (WALB) – The Colquitt Regional Medical Center is expanding its services to include a new behavioral health unit. They want to provide intensive treatment, focusing on older patients.
Director Melissa Bennett said that during a three-year assessment there was a significant need to serve the 55-and-older patient population.
The Behavioral Health Unit has three different service levels, which include inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient with their psychiatrist.
“So we have to adjust our treatment according to our post-pandemic practices. Our unit is not taking COVID patients. However, if there is a medical need, the patient can be admitted to hospital and then transferred to our unit. once he is medically cleared to come to our unit,” said Melissa Bennett, director of behavioral health services.
It is important to know that they do not admit people who still need a medical check-up before having their hospital treatment.
“Our unit is an acute unit, which means a patient must have an ongoing acute process. If their caregiver is unable to continue caring for them at home due to their increased behaviors and psychiatric. That there has been a worsening of, for example, a cognitive problem, that they have worsened at home and that they need more individual and close monitoring,” Bennett said. .
Behavioral health treatment is becoming more important as the population ages. and many of these patients have mental health issues.
“But in general, the outpatient need for psychiatry has been very, very great for a long time. And that’s something that we’ve been able to accomplish over the last few years and now we can take maybe 10% of patients who have need outpatient psychiatry,” said Dr. Weeks Woodwin with Colquitt Regional.
Currently the unit has 10 beds but plans to expand in the near future.
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