Published on November 30, 2015

Genesis, Horizon Health Open Adolescent Unit Dec. 1

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Nov. 30, 2015 -- Genesis Health System announced today its five new inpatient behavioral health beds for children and adolescents will open Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park.

The new behavioral health child and adolescent program will be an inpatient unit providing high quality and compassionate care for children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 17 who have been assessed to be in need of a safe, supportive, inpatient level of care.

The multidisciplinary treatment team includes a board certified child psychiatrist, licensed social workers, registered nurses, and behavioral health counselors. The care team will collaborate to provide the best possible care and the safest environment for patients.

Patients will be offered individual and group therapies, and the individual’s family can be actively involved in all aspects of the care provided.  Area of focus includes extensive skills training and therapy on crisis management, illness education, emotion regulation and communication skills.

Additional services offered through the Genesis Behavioral health program include medication monitoring, discharge planning, and linking the patient and family to the appropriate services available. 

The opening of the child and adolescent unit is the first phase of a plan to expand inpatient and outpatient services at Genesis. 

“This comprehensive expansion plan, starting with the new child and adolescent unit, reflects not only a regional need for more inpatient beds, but also for expanded outpatient services.  We believe behavioral health care will continue to move from the hospital setting,’’ said Jordan Voigt, president of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.  “Genesis is positioned for the shift of behavioral health to outpatient settings when appropriate and inpatient settings when necessary.

“This expansion will have a mission focus for Genesis as we provide compassionate, quality care for all those in need, regardless of their condition or income.’’

Phase 2 will include an addition of three beds for children and adolescents and 10 for adults by July, 2016. 

By completion of the plan, Genesis will have added child and adult inpatient beds, geriatric inpatient beds, an outpatient psychotherapy and adult intensive outpatient program, a geriatric intensive outpatient program, and outpatient crisis stabilization unit.

With the completion of the $138.5 million expansion and renovation at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme, additional space will be available for the new and expanded behavioral health services at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park.

The new geriatric unit scheduled to open in 2017 will specialize in the treatment of geriatric behavioral and psychological conditions, including behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; suicidal thoughts or actions; aggression or behavioral changes; depression and anxiety; auditory and visual hallucinations; mood changes; tearfulness; and, other mental health issues.

Genesis has partnered with Horizon Health to develop and manage care in the comprehensive plan.

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