NEW PORT RICHEY — Medical Center of Trinity is preparing to unveil its remodeled and expanded Behavioral Care Center.
The first floor of the hospital’s West Pasco Campus, on Marine Parkway, was converted into a 16-bed behavioral health unit. The building sits on a corner in the footprint of the former Community Hospital of New Port Richey while vacant buildings surrounding it were razed last year.
Behavioral Care Center expansion cost $2.59 million, according to Mary Sommise, Medical Center of Trinity spokeswoman.
The project created room to add a Senior Behavioral Health Center, for adults ages 60 and older who are experiencing emotional, cognitive, or behavioral symptoms. These may include mood disturbances, depression, anxiety and difficulty coping with losses and transitions, memory loss or behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home or in a long-term care setting.
The obstetrics unit, which originally occupied the first floor, has moved all its services to the main Trinity campus, on S.R. 54, Sommise said.
Doug Webster is director for behavioral health services at the Behavioral Health Center. Its programs are covered by most insurance providers and is appropriate for those who could benefit from short-term inpatient care, according to Sommise.
A multidisciplinary team of board-certified psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and therapists has been carefully selected and specifically trained based on their experience and passion for working with seniors from diverse backgrounds.
Amenities include a family and caregiver meeting room, a quiet activity room, group therapeutic and activities room, open nurses station and laundry room with staff assistance as needed. Bathrooms are in each patient room.
Semi-private rooms feature handicap-accessible bathrooms and showers, psychiatric-safe medical beds, safety features designed into fixtures, bathrooms and lighting, door signage that allows for personalization with photos and names, dining room to encourage social interaction, outdoor patio, a large, handicap accessible outdoor area with walking path, regular opportunities for fresh air, outside therapy activities and more.
Daily group therapy sessions, designed for the senior population, can include validation and reminiscence therapy for patients with cognitive impairment, stress management, coping with grief and loss, recreational therapies including art and music, plus tele-medicine equipment providing real-time assessments by clinical staff from satellite campuses, including freestanding emergency room facilities in Lutz, Citrus Park or Palm Harbor, Sommise noted.
Kristina Taylor, clinical supervisor, said the new arrangements allow staff to use music as part of therapy. Exercises keep patients from becoming sedentary.
Among outpatient programs, the Behavioral Health Center offers partial hospitalization program for individuals who would benefit from a highly structured intensive treatment but do not require 24-hour inpatient care. Another option is an intensive outpatient program.
Many clues might indicate when help is needed, said Elizabeth Statzer, provider relations for behavioral health. Signals might be depression, hopelessness, loss of motivation to care for self, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, frequent crying for extended periods, unable to perform daily chores, deterioration of sleep or sleeping excessively, worry, anxiety or excessive preoccupation with physical complaints, isolation, significant decrease in socialization, loss of appetite, unrealistic accusations, hearing or seeing things which are not real, wishing they could go to sleep and not wake up, and unable to adjust or recover from loss or life changes such as death of a spouse.
The main phone number for information or referrals is 844-423-4283.