Unity Center celebrates 6 months of progress
Six months after opening its doors, the Unity Center for Behavioral Health is proud of its progress and success in serving those suffering from a mental health crisis.
The Unity Center has shown that it can treat those having a mental health emergency more quickly and efficiently than traditional hospital emergency rooms. More important, Unity offers a new way of caring for this group of people, a third of whom are homeless.
“It is with sincere gratitude that I express my thanks for your service and attention to get me the help I truly needed,” one patient wrote. “I was very scared with what happened to me but now I am absolutely thankful for your patience. To all the nurses, doctors and staff thank you so much for your kindness.”
A collaboration between Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University, Adventist Health and Kaiser Permanente, Unity Center has cared for more than 4,500 patients since opening in early February 2017.
A few milestones
• Unity Center has been serving up to 27 to 30 patients per day in the Psychiatric Emergency Room who arrive by ambulance, police, walk-in and transfers from other hospital emergency rooms.
• On average, patients who need to move to inpatient beds at Unity are in the PES 15 to 20 hours before being admitted. For comparison, a patient in a traditional emergency room can stay in the ER up to 60 hours before a hospital bed is available for behavioral health patients.
• Early results show that Unity Center discharges 80 percent of patients on average after 20 hours of stabilization, mental health crisis intervention and discharge planning. Unity Center is admitting 21 percent of the patients who walk through its doors.
• In addition, the hospital has reduced the percentage of patients who discharge within 24 to 48 hours to 6 percent. This means the Psychiatric Emergency Room model is working as it was intended; to avoid unnecessary hospitalization while reserving inpatient beds for those who are very ill and truly require in patient care.
• Some 25 to 30 percent of patients cared for at Unity Center say they are homeless or living in shelters.
Back Row: Chanda Bailey, Judy Schumacker, Rachel Keeton, Dr. Amela Blekic, Juliana Wallace, Catherine Fettig, Pam House, Melissa Bierman
Middle Row: Kari Howard, Dr. Chris Farentinos, Kayla Swearingen
Front Row: Dr. Greg Miller, Samantha Osborne, Patty Danielson
To learn more about the Unity Center for Behavioral Health please see https://unityhealthcenter.org.
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