Hospital Opens New Behavioral Health Unit | Local News


MOULTRIE, Ga. – The Colquitt Regional Health Center announced Friday the opening of a new inpatient behavioral health unit in geropsychiatry.

The hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the unit on Monday, June 6.

“The objective of this new range of services is to provide intensive, short-term treatment to elderly patients with acute psychiatric disorders, cognitive impairments and age-related physiological disabilities,” according to Friday’s press release.

The unit offers multiple treatments including in-depth assessment and evaluation, individual treatment planning, individual and family therapy, group therapy (occupation and activity), medication management, discharge planning, outreach and referral for follow-up, as well as support from family and caregivers.

The 10-bed facility is located on the second floor of the hospital. There are four semi-private bedrooms and two private ones.

The unit will primarily serve patients aged 55 and over who are suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment difficulties or emotional disturbances.

“Over the past few years, it has become clear that this service is badly needed by our community,” said Jim Matney, Regional President and CEO of Colquitt. “Until now, patients with geriatric psychiatry needs had to be transferred to nearby facilities to receive the level of care required. Now, patients in our community have the option of staying right here in their hometown while receiving the same exceptional care. »

To help seniors achieve their optimal level of health, the unit offers a safe environment, a structured and supportive social framework, and intense and psychological therapeutic interventions.

According to the press release, the unit is one of many recent additions to the CRCM’s psychiatry services. The Sterling Physician Group added its first psychiatrist to its medical staff in 2020. The Sterling Group Senior Wellness, an intensive outpatient program that focuses on providing group treatment for adults with depression, anxiety and emotional issues, opened in 2021. .

The first batch of psychiatry residents, including Anthony Cimmino, MD, Xuan Ouyang, DO, and Richard Tricardo, MD, have been paired with Georgia South Graduate Medical Education for the inaugural year of psychiatry residency.

In a residency program, “matching” means that physicians selected by Georgia South have also selected Georgia South.

These residents, who will spend four years in the psychiatry program, will train to become independent psychiatrists in hopes of creating a new pool of mental health physicians for the region.

“We are constantly evaluating our services and how we can continue to meet the needs of our patients and community members,” said Richard E. Turner Jr., chairman of The Hospital Authority. “With the addition of these lines of psychiatric services, we are able to offer a greater continuum of care, from acute inpatient care and intensive outpatient treatment to follow-ups with Dr. Verma and his staff.”

The Geropsychiatry Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit is led by Sterling Physician Group psychiatrist Teron Verma, MD, who is medical director, and behavioral health director Melissia Bennett, MSN, RN.

“The BHU was made possible through the support of Georgia HEART 2021 tax credit donations and several signature donations to the Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation,” according to the press release. “This includes a $250,000 donation from Colquitt Regional employees, a $110,000 donation from Colquitt Regional volunteers and a generous $25,000 donation from Mr. and Mrs. Victor Beadles.”

For more information, please contact Melissia Bennett at 229-891-9194.


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