After months of touting the many benefits of the new inpatient wing, Rogers patients, families and staff are no longer talking about them – they are living them. During the first week of May, the former inpatient units built in the 1950’s were left behind, and patients received the first glimpse of the new vision in behavioral health care.
Perhaps the most noted difference between the old and new inpatient units is the space. The new inpatient wing now features three distinct floors: Adult Inpatient unit (22 beds), Eating Disorders unit (14 beds) and Child and Adolescent unit (22 beds). Centrally located nursing stations allow greater visibility throughout the unit and motion sensors alert staff when patients are up, enhancing patient safety. Each unit features private bedrooms and bathrooms, and a large day room for relaxing.
It’s also important to note that each unit contains separate rooms designated for the treatment process. It includes a group therapy room, patient consultation rooms, and a medical exam room. Staff members have commented that separate rooms for therapy make the treatment process feel more “official.” This feeling also holds true for patients who have reported that when they enter these areas, they know it’s time to work on their recovery.
Ample space offers patients peace of mind. “Even though the units are secure, they don’t feel restrictive,” says Jessica Witt, Clinical Services Manager of the Acute Adolescent Unit. “The inpatient units were designed with secure pathways to the gymnasium and other experiential therapy rooms. This allows patients to be able to move outside of their immediate surroundings, creating an open environment that promotes feelings of contentment.”
Overwhelmingly, patients and staff alike are embracing the benefits of the new space. “The move has been very positive,” explains Witt, “It’s great to be in an environment that allows the recovery process to shine through.”