New Behavioral Health Holding Area
Through an expansion funded by the Johnston Health Foundation, the Smithfield emergency department now has an expanded holding area for behavioral health patients. As the state began closing mental health beds, more patients with behavioral health issues are turning to our hospital for care. Before this renovation, when our 20-bed behavioral health unit was full, patients had to wait in the emergency department until beds become available in the behavioral unit or at another health care facility. Now, we are able to treat behavioral patients quickly and provide a safe a comfortable place for them to await treatment.
Behavioral Health Services at Johnston Health is committed to helping patients and their families through a difficult, emotional time. We offer crisis stabilization through a full range of psychiatric services for individualized care. We meet the following goals by using a team approach within a framework of education, comprehensive therapeutic treatment, and support:
- To provide quality service based upon current acceptable practice standards.
- To employ competent, professional, caring staff that function as a team.
- To stabilize and return a patient home as quickly as possible and help the patient function as independently and safely as possible.
- To reduce the likelihood of future hospitalizations or relapses through comprehensive after care planning, education, coping skill development, and increased self awareness.