Hialeah Hospital Opens New Unit

Hialeah Hospital Opens New Unit

Marking new Hialeah Hospital unit opening (l-r) are Kelly Johnson, Interim CFO; Orlando Garcia M.D. Chief Medical Officer; Ivon Brinis, Director of Business Development; Rossana Lopez, M.D., Medical Director of Behavioral Health Unit; Janice Valesey, Unit Director; Ben A. Rodriguez, CEO; Richard Clarke, Market Director of Business Development; Lourdes Camps, CNO; Yamila Herrera, HR Director.

Hialeah Hospital celebrated the opening of its new Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit Oct. 3, The Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Hialeah Hospital offers comprehensive psychiatric inpatient services for adults and specializes in the treatment of individuals with emotional disturbances, including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. The unit admits patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has 12 beds.

The new, beautifully designed 5,675 square-foot inpatient unit features new contemporary furniture, large windows providing natural light, comfortable rooms for group therapy, and flexible family visiting hours. “We recognize that patients heal better in a comfortable and compassionate environment,” said Ben A. Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer at Hialeah Hospital.

“We have taken the proper measures to ensure that our new Behavioral Health Unit provides a welcoming atmosphere for individuals seeking high quality mental health services.”

Hialeah Hospital has been experiencing an increase in the number of individuals seeking psychiatric care in the emergency room, many of whom require admission. Moving forward, each patient will receive individualized, comprehensive care from a bilingual (Spanish and English) interdisciplinary team, which consists of psychiatrists, nurses, mental health technicians, social workers, dieticians and occupational therapists.

Hialeah Hospital offers a wide variety of therapies. Some patients may benefit from “talking therapies” such as anger and stress management, coping skills, goal setting and grief resolution, while others may benefit from non-verbal music therapy, arts and crafts therapy, recreational therapy and occupational therapy. Hialeah Hospital’s adjunctive therapists are trained to offer individual counseling or group therapy. Patients may participate in these as part of their treatment plan.

A multidisciplinary team led by a psychiatrist discusses various treatment options with patients based on their diagnosis. Evaluation and treatment can be a positive first step toward a healthier and more productive life. Hialeah Hospital strives to provide the best and most personalized service to patients and their family members during and after their hospital. Each patient will have a comprehensive discharge planning session with the behavioral health team prior to discharge.

Individuals wanting more information on the Behavioral Health Unit can contact Janice Valesey, Director of Behavioral Health, at 305-835-4841.

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