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Inpatient Program – Adult Psychiatric Unit

Adult Psychiatric ServicesThe Adult Psychiatric Unit (APU) at Sacred Heart Hospital is a 20-bed unit dedicated to the care, education, and recovery of adults with behavioral health conditions. Skilled psychiatric and mental health professionals are trained to assist patients in their self-discovery, learning, and recovery process through activities such as:

  • Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
  • Daily Community Meeting - Patients attend a daily community meeting run by a mental health technician. The technician reviews the rules and expectations of the unit as well as the different goals the patient has set for the day. The technician assists the patient in setting goals.
  • Nursing Education Groups - During nursing education groups, patients learn about any medications they are taking as well as side effects. Nursing group also focuses on topics such as nutrition, coping skills, and symptom management.
  • Social Work Groups - In social work groups, patients learn about anger management, coping skills and how to interact successfully with others.
  • Art/Music/Spirituality/Recreational Therapy - Patients may participate in a variety of therapeutic activities to communicate their feelings through different forms of expression.
  • Occupational Therapy - If appropriate, patients will receive occupational therapy to help them once again perform daily living tasks.

Admission Criteria

To be admitted to the APU, patients must fit the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be screened for admission by a crisis intervention specialist and psychiatrist.
  • Must receive a primary psychiatric diagnosis requiring acute inpatient treatment.
  • Must be able to participate in unit activities and will benefit from a therapeutic setting and treatment program.
  • Must be medically cleared before admission.

APU Visitor Guidelines

The APU is dedicated to maintaining the safety for patients and visitors at all times. For everyone’s safety, we request only two visitors for each patient at any time. No children under age 18 will be permitted onto the unit without a physician’s order. Upon entrance to the unit, you will be asked to visit the nurse’s station. At this time, you will need to sign in and the unit staff will check any belongings you have brought for the patient. Visitors will not be permitted to bring personal bags or backpacks onto the unit. Purses will be subject to search.

Visitors are only allowed in the common areas. At no time is a visitor allowed in a patient’s room. Patients who have been discharged from the APU will not be allowed to visit for 90 days after the discharge date. Some other visitor guidelines:

  • Food/Beverages - no outside food is permitted on the unit.
  • Clothing - Clothing with strings or ties is prohibited. Please be aware that due to the short length of stay, only three days of clean clothing are necessary. A washer and dryer are available for use in the unit for patients without family resources. Families are encouraged to launder clothing.
  • Prohibited Items - To provide and maintain safety on the behavioral health inpatient units, the following items are not allowed to be brought onto the unit at any time. These items include but are not limited to:
    • balloons, spiral notebooks, barrettes, bobby pins, and panty hose
    • alcohol or street drugs
    • cigarettes, matches, or lighters
    • knives, box cutters, scissors, tools, belts, shoelaces or any item which could be used as a potential weapon
    • metal picture frames or frames with glass inserts
    • cell phones, computers, radios, or large amounts of money
    • jewelry (with or without stones) and piercing jewelry
    • Only wedding bands and watches are allowed to stay with the patient.

Nursing Staff Rights

The nursing staff has the right to limit or refuse any visitation if a visitor appears intoxicated or is showing signs of drug use. If necessary, staff can and will terminate any visit if the safety of the unit is in question.

Visiting Hours
Monday – Friday 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Weekends and holidays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Phone Calls
Patients can be called between 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. No calls will be accepted during unit activities and programming. Phones are turned off during these times.

  • Patient phone numbers: 610-663-3292 or 610-663-3272
  • Please limit phone conversations to 10 minutes per call.

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