Reid Health to reconfigure patient unit to better meet community's evolving needs
Transformation will result in increased bed capacity for acute care
Nov. 29, 2022 -- Reid Health announced today it will begin to reconfigure its current geriatric psychiatric unit into a medical surgical unit to better meet the evolving needs of its patients. Expanding the number of medical surgical beds is specifically geared toward helping provide additional capacity to support an increased need for general acute care services.
Reid Health's investment in the transformation of the space to a medical surgical unit will include technological and physical upgrades that will result in a state-of-the-art unit with 32 additional inpatient rooms capable of caring for patients with medical conditions that include strokes, general surgery recovery, and more.
"The needs of the patients we serve are evolving, and we are constantly evaluating what we need to do differently to meet those needs and provide the very best care possible," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "We gave considerable thought before making this change and ultimately determined transforming this unit will allow us to meet an important community need by maximizing the space we have available to treat a broader array of acute care conditions."
As part of this transition, Reid Health will work closely with other providers in the region to ensure seamless coordination of care, so future geriatric psychiatric patients who need inpatient treatment can be cared for at other facilities. Current geriatric psychiatric patients will continue to receive care at Reid Health until they are ready to safely discharge. All clinicians and other team members of the Reid Health geriatric psychiatric department will transition to other areas of the hospital, including Reid Health's adult psychiatric department, in the coming days and weeks.
"The needs of the patients we serve are evolving, and we are constantly evaluating what we need to do differently to meet those needs and provide the very best care possible. We gave considerable thought before making this change and ultimately determined transforming this unit will allow us to meet an important community need by maximizing the space we have available to treat a broader array of acute care conditions." -- Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO
"We are seeing fewer and fewer geriatric psychiatric patients come through our doors needing inpatient care. This is largely because there are now expanded care options for the elderly in our area," said Reid Health's Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Misti Foust-Cofield. "We have great working relationships with these community providers and will partner with them to identify the most appropriate setting for patients who need this kind of care."
Extended care facilities in the region, among others, offer a range of services from outpatient clinics and telehealth to substance abuse treatment and "whole health," which includes physical, mental, and social well-being. Reid Health's psychiatric clinical team will provide telehealth and other support to those extended care facilities as part of a reinvigorated collaborative alliance. In addition, many patients will be eligible for services through Reid Health's Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which provides primary healthcare, medication support, meals and nutritional counseling, transportation, and social services.
"Together, we at Reid Health, along with other community providers of behavioral health services, will ensure patients receive the care they need," Kinyon said. "The reconfiguration will allow us to continue focusing on the health and well-being of all our patients -- no matter their age, background, or socioeconomic status."