Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

The acute care  unit at Porter Adventist Hospital provides psychiatric hospitalization for adult patients with severe mental health conditions such as: schizophrenia, major depression and anxiety disorders.

Location

2525 S Downing
Denver, CO, 80210
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Our Services

Hospitalization includes an active treatment program utilizing behavioral therapy groups, occupational and recreational therapy groups, nursing groups, and one-on-one counseling. Each patient has a social worker who coordinates care, and a psychiatrist who regularly consults on medication and all aspects of their care. The average length of stay for most patients is five to six days, although, this may vary depending upon medical needs.  

Porter Adventist Hospital is a TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS. There is no smoking or use of other tobacco products (chewing, dipping, etc.) on this unit or anywhere else on the hospital campus. For our patients who do smoke we will provide nicotine patches or gum to help with this transition.

Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Hospitalization includes an active treatment program utilizing behavioral therapy groups, occupational and recreational therapy groups, nursing groups, and one-on-one counseling. Each patient has a social worker who coordinates care, and a psychiatrist who regularly consults on medication and all aspects of their care. The average length of stay for most patients is five to six days, although, this may vary depending upon medical needs.  

Porter Adventist Hospital is a TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS. There is no smoking or use of other tobacco products (chewing, dipping, etc.) on this unit or anywhere else on the hospital campus. For our patients who do smoke we will provide nicotine patches or gum to help with this transition.

  • Ongoing medication consultation and treatment coordination with a licensed psychiatrist.
  • Coordination of services and discharge planning with a masters-level social worker.
  • One-on-one counseling with mental health counselors.
  • Daily group sessions with registered nurses, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, and recreation therapists.

Acute care inpatient hospitalization is the most restrictive level of care in behavioral health and is usually reserved for situations where the patient requires a highly structured environment to:

  • Prevent harm to self.
  • Prevent harm to others due to psychiatric illness or condition.
  • Prevent harm from grossly impaired functioning due to psychiatric illness.
  • Mania or psychosis that is unable to be safely managed on an outpatient basis.

Those who require a less restrictive level of care than inpatient acute care may seek admission in the Porter Adventist Hospital Mental Health IOP or The Centre for Behavioral Health.

Patients who are no longer in need of inpatient acute care services may be referred to the Porter Adventist Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Program or the Centre for Behavioral Health for ongoing treatment when appropriate.

  • Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatrists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
  • Mental Health Counselors

Please keep in mind that Acute Care is a locked unit. We cannot confirm or deny the presence of any patients without their permission in compliance with HIPAA regulations.

All visitors must be approved before they can enter the unit:

  • Weekday visiting hours are Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Weekend and holiday visiting hours: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Phone calls can be placed and received during the time between group sessions.
  • Enter and exit the unit as quickly as possible. Please do not hold the unit door open for anyone. This may seem impolite, but it is an important safety issue. Each visitor must be cleared by staff for entry to or exit from the unit.
  • Keep in mind that there are many items that may be considered dangerous items (SHARPS). These items can include obvious weapons like guns or knives, but can also include mace, glass mirrors, glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, among other things. All visitors are required to report all items brought to the unit to the staff. All possessions brought to patients must be cleared by staff first.
  • No visitors under the age of 14 are allowed on the unit

The Centre for Behavioral Health is contracted with most major insurance plans including Medicare.

The Center for Behavioral Health does not accept Medicaid  for the following services:

  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Medication Management

Porter Adventist Hospital accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid for Adult and Senior Inpatient Acute Hospitalization and both Inpatient and Outpatient Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Senior Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Overview

Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Senior Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Overview

Porter Senior Psychiatric unit is dedicated to providing psychiatric hospitalization to those over 60 years of age. Patients can be treated for any one of a number of acute or chronic psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to: severe depression/suicidality, anxiety, psychosis, and bi-polar disorder. Knowing that many of our older patients will have chronic, and at times complex, medical problems, Porter Adventist Hospital's medical staff will provide initial admitting history and physical admission and concurrent medical coverage, as needed, during the hospital stay.

This is an acute care inpatient specialty unit, and is reserved for individuals requiring a highly structured environment with 24/7 observation to:

  • Prevent harm to self.
  • Prevent harm to others due to psychiatric illness or other conditions producing dangerous behaviors.
  • Prevent harm due to grossly impaired functioning due to psychiatric illness or other related conditions.
  • Control mania or psychosis that cannot be managed in the individual's current environment.  

Patients on the unit will receive:

  • Ongoing medication consultation by a licensed, board certified psychiatrist.
  • Coordination of services by a treatment team of professionals led by the attending psychiatrist.
  • Discharge planning by a master's prepared social worker.
  • Group sessions by social workers, occupational therapists, registered nurses, recreational therapists and other professionals.
  • Neuro-psych testing if it is determined that it is needed.

Facility:

  • Newly renovated and tailored to meet the needs of older adults
  • 14 private rooms with bathroom en suite
  • Comfortable, homelike atmosphere 

There may be many reasons why an individual may not meet criteria for admission to Porter Adventist Hospital Senior Psychiatric; however the most prevalent reason is a medical condition that is not able to be treated on a specialty psychiatric unit. However, when approved, Porter will work with those with complicating medical conditions and may require consultation and coordination with Porter Adventist Hospital on-site medical team.

  • Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatrists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
  • Mental Health Counselors

Porter Adventist hospital has recently earned the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) designation, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to excellence in geriatric care. Through Porter’s participation in the NICHE program — a leading elder care nursing program — we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches promoting better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for patients, families and staff.

Please keep in mind that Acute Care is a locked unit. We cannot confirm or deny the presence of any patients without their permission in compliance with HIPAA regulations.

All visitors must be approved before they can enter the unit:

  • Weekday visiting hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Weekend and holidays: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Phone calls can be placed and received during the time between group sessions.
  • Enter and exit the unit as quickly as possible.
  • Do not hold the unit door open for anyone. This may seem impolite, but it is an important safety issue. Each visitor must be cleared by staff for entry to or exit from the unit.
  • Keep in mind that there are many items that may be considered dangerous items (SHARPS). These items can include obvious weapons like guns or knives, but can also include mace, glass mirrors, glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, among other things. All visitors are required to report all items brought to the unit to the staff. All possessions brought to patients must be cleared by staff first.

The Centre for Behavioral Health is contracted with most major insurance plans including Medicare.

The Center for Behavioral Health does not accept Medicaid  for the following services:

  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Medication Management

Porter Adventist Hospital accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid for Adult and Senior Inpatient Acute Hospitalization and both Inpatient and Outpatient Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Conditions We Treat

  • Psychiatric Illness

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