Memorial Hospital January 20, 2015

Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it has expanded its psychiatric services to include specialized care for older adults. Today, the hospital began serving patients in The Senior Pavilion, a new 14-bed inpatient geriatric behavioral health unit located within the hospital setting. The staff, which includes physicians who are specially trained in geriatric medicine, offer a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating behavioral health disorders in older adults.

“Mental illness is extremely common for seniors who are dealing with the stresses of aging, illness and grief,” said Dr. Anika Forbes, Medical Director of The Senior Pavilion. “By offering this specialized level of care, we are able to meet a growing community need and help patients improve their quality of life.”

The Senior Pavilion features:

  • Daily sessions with a psychiatrist
  • Group and individual therapy sessions
  • Family therapy
  • Assistance with transitional resources
  • Intensive medication management
  • 24-hour nursing care with expertise in both psychiatric and geriatrics

The Senior Pavilion offers treatment for:

  • Life stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Life trauma
  • Grief & loss issues
  • Problems with addictions
  • Relationship problems
  • Aging and transitional coping

“Our Intensive Outpatient Program and our adult inpatient behavioral health unit (The Pavilion) are being utilized regularly so we know that our behavioral health services are in demand and valued by the people in this community,” said Jim O'Loughlin, President and CEO at Memorial Hospital. “By expanding inpatient care to our senior population, we are now able to offer a full-complement of high-quality behavioral health services to patients and families.”

For more information, visit www.memorialhospitaljax.com