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This is a 12-bed general psychiatric unit that caters to patients suffering from acute psychiatric disorders necessitating hospitalization. The mission of the unit is to provide psychiatric care of the highest quality to the citizens of Mississippi and to train psychiatric residents, medical students and other trainees from related disciplines.
Board-certified psychiatrists attend on the unit. Junior residents and medical students rotate through the unit year round. Nurses, social workers, and activities and occupational therapists also staff the unit. The program offers intense treatment based on the biopsychosocial model and includes individual, group, occupational and art therapies.
The Medical Psychiatry Unit caters to patients who suffer from comorbid psychiatric and other medical, neurological, surgical, neurosurgical and obstetric-gynecological conditions. Although the unit is designated a medical-surgical unit, it is under the medical direction of the Department of Psychiatry. The mission of this 18-bed specialized unit is to deliver the highest quality of medical and psychiatric care in one setting.
Medical psychiatric care is based on a multidisciplinary team approach in which nursing plays a central role with smooth interfacing with all other disciplines represented on the unit. Patients on this unit have concurrent medical and psychiatric problems. Patients with any kind of comorbid illnesses are admitted to this unit, unless a telemetry bed in an intensive care setting is required. All medical interventions except cardiac monitoring are available on the unit.
Dr. John Norton has served as medical director since the unit opened in 1998. He is board certified in adult psychiatry, adult neurology and geriatric psychiatry.
The mission of this highly specialized inpatient unit, of which there are only a few throughout the country, is to provide the highest caliber of combined medical and psychiatric care in a single setting to patients who require a combined approach to their care to achieve optimal therapeutic results. Of equal importance is the provision of training to psychiatric residents, medical students, fellows and residents from other specialties as well as nursing and pharmacy students.
In addition to the medical staff that has solid training in medicine, psychiatry, neurology, geriatric psychiatry and addiction medicine, the nursing staff is composed of general medical-surgical nurses who have had training in psychiatry. Other vital members of the treatment team include physical, occupational and recreational therapists, social workers and pharmacists. The core element of the unit is the treatment team. Nursing care is at the center of the treatment team with nurses functioning as primary therapists for the patients. Daily rounds are multidisciplinary in nature and scope and provide the time during which the majority of treatment decisions are made. The treatment team initiates the workup and requests consultations only if the need arises.
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216