Departmental Scope of Services

St. Joseph Medical Center’s 19-bed inpatient psychiatric unit provides 24-hour monitoring, observation and treatment. It was the first community-based hospital in Maryland to develop a psychiatric unit. Partial hospitalization program is open seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Types of Patients Served

One West is a voluntary inpatient psychiatric unit which has the capacity to treat patients 18 and older who are in crisis resulting from psychiatric disorders such as:

  • Affective disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizo-affective disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse disorders with coexisting psychiatric diagnosis

We specialize in the treatment of patients with affective illnesses, including major depression and bipolar disorder.

Overview of Department Services

A multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, internists, registered nurses, social workers, certified occupational therapists, certified nursing assistants and chaplains provide individualized and coordinated care over a unique continuum of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs. Students in the disciplines of nursing, social work and occupational therapy use 1 West as a clinical site each semester. Patients receive individual, family and group therapy in a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment. Group therapies are run by the multidisciplinary team and registered nurses have a special role in managing cognitive behavioral group therapy and psycho-education groups.

Staffing Model

An R.N. patient care coordinator directs care for the nursing team each day. Most of the nursing staff have over 20 years of psychiatric experience, providing a very supportive environment for new nursing graduates.

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