services our Senior Behavioral Health Center offers are in high demand. This
new unit is in response to an important community need,” said Jodi Fincher,
Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Medical Center. “We are looking ahead,
and as the baby boomer generation ages, the need for this service will grow.
This unit will also complement our Senior Care Services program that includes
geriatric accredited emergency department, a comprehensive senior inpatient
program and Sister Margaret’s Senior Clinic.”
to Fincher, patients are expected to come from as far away as Eastern Kansas
and Western Missouri. “Most have been diagnosed with mental health issues,
including dementias such as those caused by Alzheimer’s disease, major
depression, anxiety, grief reactions, confusion or thoughts of suicide. Many of
these patients experience difficulty living on their own, with family, or in
nursing facilities,” Fincher says.
Senior Behavioral Health Center which will be a self-contained unit for patient
safety, will feature dedicated clinical staff specially trained to understand
the diverse and complex needs of the older patients they serve. The staff
includes psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, psychiatric nurses who
also are experienced in caring for medical/surgical patients, social workers,
and physical/occupational/recreational therapists.