Inpatient Programs

We provide acute inpatient care for geriatric, adult and children/adolescents. Care is coordinated and delivered by a multidisciplinary treatment team to provide for patient needs at every level.

Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program

This program is designed to serve ages 6 to 17 who are unable to be managed in an outpatient setting. The emotional, physical and educational needs of each patient are assessed and treated. The goal of hospitalization is stabilization with a large component of the treatment involving family therapy and involvement.

Resources

  • Parental Checklist
  • Psychosocial and Family Assessment Online Admission Packet

Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service

The adult consult liaison psychiatry service provides psychiatric consultations for patients hospitalized at Prisma Health–Upstate with co-occurring psychiatric and medical symptoms. We work with medical teams to assist in forming a comprehensive treatment plan and make recommendations regarding behavioral interventions and medications to assist in faster recovery. We focus on evaluation and treatment of patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms that may result from medical, surgical, gynecologic and oncologic illness, as well as patients with primary psychiatric illness complicated by medical disease.

Some commonly encountered consultations include:

  • Patients struggling to adjust to medical conditions
  • Palliative care/end of life issues
  • Acute substance intoxication or withdrawal
  • Perinatal and postpartum depression
  • Behavioral changes in patients with neurocognitive disorders

The consult liaison psychiatry service is also now available at Greer Memorial Hospital, Oconee Memorial Hospital, Laurens County Hospital, Baptist Easley Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital via telepsychiatry.

Geropsychiatry Services

Geropsychiatry services at Prisma Health–Upstate provide assessment and treatment of psychiatric illness to those age 60 or older. Our inpatient program focuses on current symptoms that require acute inpatient treatment such that a lower level of care is inadequate. As a result of treatment, current symptoms can be expected to improve significantly through medically necessary and appropriate therapy.

Our experienced team of professionals evaluate for signs of:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar illness
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Other mood disorders

The goal is for patients to benefit not only from medication interventions, but also from groups and activities that are designed to help promote safety and overall well-being. With this emphasis on participation in groups and activities, it is important that patients on this unit not be significantly cognitively impaired so that they can fully benefit from being in this inpatient setting.

In many cases older adults do not realize they are depressed. However, they can still have major depression issues.

Depression signs to look for:

  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Memory lapse
  • Lack of motivation
  • Slowed movement
  • Loss of interest in socialization
  • Neglecting personal care
  • Irritability

In severe cases, patients can develop symptoms of psychosis including but not limited to hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.

Causes of depression

  • Health problems
    • Illness and disability; chronic or severe pain; cognitive decline; damage to body image due to surgery or disease.
  • Loneliness and isolation
    • Living alone; a dwindling social circle due to deaths or relocation; decreased mobility due to illness or loss of driving privileges.
  • Reduced sense of purpose
    • Feelings of purposelessness or loss of identity due to retirement or physical limitations on activities.
  • Fears
    • Fear of death or dying; anxiety over financial problems or health issues.
  • Recent bereavement
    • The death of friends, family members and pets; the loss of a spouse or partner.

Adult Inpatient Program

Our adult inpatient services provide 24-hour structured treatment for people suffering from major mental disorders. This is done via the coordination of a complete treatment team of professionals, including a physician, clinical therapists, pharmacist, social workers, mental health technicians and nurses.

The intent of the adult inpatient program is to provide assessment and stabilization of symptoms through medication management within a therapeutic setting of caring and compassionate health care professionals. Each patient has an individualized treatment plan that addresses their specific illness and surrounding issues. The therapy may include groups, individual, family and marital sessions.