Acute Inpatient Care

Acute inpatient hospitalization occurs only with a physician’s order for conditions that cannot be safely or effectively treated on an outpatient basis. It is the most intensive level of care offered and provides 24-hour skilled nursing observation and care, daily interventions and oversight by a psychiatrist, and intensive, highly coordinated treatment by a physician-led team of mental health professionals. Inpatient hospitalization is always short-term and designed to quickly stabilize the most serious symptoms to allow a quick transition to less intensive levels of care.

Advantages of Acute Inpatient:

  • Safe, controlled, structured environment
  • 24-hour skilled nursing care
  • Intensive physician involvement
  • Physician-led multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Able to utilize both medication and psychotherapy, as appropriate
  • Intensive treatment not available on an outpatient basis
  • Up to 10 hours of daily programming
  • Seven day a week programming

Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial Hospitalization is an on-campus day program that offers the intensity of acute inpatient care without having to stay overnight in the hospital. Partial Treatment is a great way to get immediate intervention from a psychiatrist, nurse and licensed therapist, which can often prevent hospitalization. Partial programs are also a great step-down option from inpatient care. Each patient entering the adult partial program will have an individualized treatment based on his or her needs. The program operates from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Advantages of PHP:

  • Patient continues to live at home, but comes to hospital for care
  • Weekly psychiatric oversight and supervision
  • Skilled nursing interventions
  • Multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Stabilization of condition that would otherwise result in hospitalization
  • Hospital stays may be shortened by step down to PHP
  • Less intensive, less expensive alternative to hospitalization
  • Specialty programs available
  • Patients with dual diagnosis can participate in both tracks of PHP programs

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can be a very effective treatment for patients that are severely depressed, suicidal, or have bipolar disorder with depression or mania. Montevista Hospital offers ECT services on an outpatient and inpatient basis. ECT is performed under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist and a psychiatrist. Each patient receives a series of 8-12 treatments. Treatments typically begin three times per week and then taper to monthly based on the individual needs of the patient. Two psychiatrists must render separate opinions that the patient would benefit from the treatment. Montevista has psychiatrists, experienced in ECT evaluation, available to render 2nd opinions.

Advantages of ECT

  • Offers alternative solution for those individuals who have been unresponsive to other forms of treatment and who are not good candidates for antidepressants or mood stabilizer medication.
  • Pre-ECT education for the patients and their families conducted by a registered nurse.
  • Coordination of all pre-ECT requirements including required medical appointments and insurance authorization.
  • Completion of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) by the patient before, during, and after the ECT series to monitor progress.
  • Communication with the outpatient doctor of progress in treatment.
  • Follow up calls from a registered nurse to the patient after ECT treatments.