Members in the News – June 2020
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Opens Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for Youth
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital announced it is opening a psychiatric residential treatment facility for youth. The 21-bed unit provides care for adolescents age 12-17 in a modern, clean, safe and therapeutic environment.
Residential treatment provides intensive care for youth with serious psychiatric, emotional and behavioral problems and is sometimes the next step for youth in need of further treatment following inpatient psychiatric care. During their care, youth stay in the facility for a short duration, usually one to three months or sometimes longer depending on the needs of the individual, where they can continue treatment in a structured, safe and caring environment by trained staff.
“We are proud to offer this much-needed service to the community. There is currently a severe shortage of residential programs for youth in Nevada who are challenged with mental and/or substance use disorders,” said Steve Shell, CEO of Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. “Many kids in Nevada have historically been placed in out-of-state residential facilities due to a lack of resources throughout the state. We felt the time was now to address this critical need.”
The hospital provides 24-hour supervision with safe staffing and proper infection control in a clean, secure and safe environment. The program includes treatment from a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, recreational therapists, registered dieticians and an on-site teacher.
“There is a huge need for services for youth in Nevada, particularly when it comes to behavioral health. Some kids do not respond to short-term hospitalization or outpatient treatment and may require a comprehensive residential program to allow the clinical team and family more time to evaluate and determine the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Stephanie Woodard, Senior Advisor on Behavioral Health for Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services. “We welcome this much-needed additional resource for youth in our state.”
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital becomes the first hospital in northern Nevada to offer the full continuum of behavioral health care for adolescents. Programs include inpatient psychiatric care, psychiatric residential treatment, and northern Nevada’s only Partial Hospitalization Program caring for patients on an outpatient basis five days a week.
“Congratulations to Steve Shell and Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital,” said Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve. “Time and time again, Reno Behavioral has stepped up to address the mental health and addiction needs in our community. Adolescents are one of our more vulnerable populations, and it is reassuring to know that we now have a safe and secure resource where they can get the treatment they need.”
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital opened its doors in 2018 and is the first facility of its kind to be built from the ground up in our community in more than 35 years offering inpatient and outpatient programs for psychiatric and addiction treatment for patients of all ages. The 80,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility is located at 6940 Sierra Center Parkway near Target in the Meadowood area of south Reno.
The hospital offers free and confidential assessments, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, call 775-393-2201.
Carson Tahoe Health Installs ‘Karma Boxes’ To Support & Engage Community Wellness
Carson Tahoe Health (CTH) is unveiling several “Karma Boxes” (wooden/Plexiglas donation cabinets) at its various locations to house toiletries, first-aid items, and nonperishable foods for those in need, all available at any time and at no cost. This simple, yet powerful concept is best summed up by its slogan, “If it’s empty, fill it. If you need it, it’s yours.”
Collaboration for this project was key, especially with community at its heart. Started by Reno-local, Grant Denton, the Karma Box initiative is a humble & accessible way for community members to provide for others in need. The project was started because Michelle Joy, Carson Tahoe Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, saw the community need and the opportunity for Carson Tahoe to help. Carson Tahoe is just one of several organizations embracing Karma Boxes in Northern Nevada.
“Carson Tahoe has been assessing ways to help our community thrive, and this project hit home”, said Alan Garrett, President and CEO of Carson Tahoe Health. ”After seeing the good Denton was doing for our homeless population, we felt a connection and reached out to him to initiate this project on our campuses.” Additionally, Preston Emborsky, a local boy scout from Troop 341, built/painted and donated the boxes Carson Tahoe is hosting on its campuses.
“The Karma Boxes will remind people that Carson Tahoe Health is here to help,” says Emily Creighton, Marketing Specialist at Carson Tahoe, who also helped bring this project to fruition. “We live and work in this community, and we want it to be a strong and healthy one.”
Carson Tahoe will monitor the donation boxes, and is encouraging the entire community to donate as they’re able. “Our Carson Tahoe family is excited to take on this worthwhile opportunity and is committing to help keep the boxes full year-round”, said Garrett. “We are encouraging our entire community to take the challenge and contribute as well.”
Examples of donations include:
• Non-perishable food such as trail mix, bottled water, and individually packaged snack items such as crackers, applesauce, chips, etc.
• New & packaged hygiene items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, comb, Band-Aids, diapers, feminine hygiene products, etc.
• Clothing items such as gloves, hats, socks, lap blankets, etc.
• Miscellaneous items such as a reusable water bottle, an encouraging note, flashlight, hand warmers, reusable bags, etc.
Carson Tahoe Karma Boxes are now in the following locations (with room for expansion):
• CTH Regional Medical Center (front entrance near bus stop)
• CTH Specialty Medical Center (main entrance)
• CTH Minden Medical Center (urgent care entrance)
• CTH Dayton Medical Center – coming soon
Denton’s vision and concept of the Karma Boxes is changing lives, proving that when community members put their resources together, great things can happen.
To learn more about Carson Tahoe Health, visit CarsonTahoe.com or follow @CarsonTahoe on Facebook & Instagram.
Valley Health System Hospitals Now Allow Limited Inpatient Visitation
The hospitals of The Valley Health System are expanding their current one-person Emergency and Outpatient Surgery visitation to now allow one-person inpatient visitation after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the Phase II Road to Recovery.
Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System, says the hospitals will now allow inpatient visitation from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily within the nursing units, except for patients with confirmed or suspected/rule-out cases of COVID-19.
“Our community has done an excellent job of slowing the spread and flattening the curve, and we have seen a continued decrease in patients hospitalized with confirmed and rule-out coronavirus,” said Perez. “At this time, we feel we can expand our visitation policy to benefit our inpatients.”
Visitation is limited to one visitor at a time. Additional visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles or coordinate a visitation time in order to reduce large gatherings in the lobbies.
All visitors must bring and wear a mask or face covering; undergo a health and travel screening; be at least age 18 or older; and provide the room number of the person they plan to visit.
For the health and safety of everyone, multiple safety and sanitizing protocols include: screening temperature checks, health and travel questions being asked at entry points before anyone is allowed to enter the hospital; deep cleaning and disinfection; appropriate social distancing. Our enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols also include the use of UV light sterilization and the use of specific supplies and processes.
“Our number one priority is to provide a high-quality health experience where our patients feel protected throughout their visit, whether it’s an emergency, surgical procedure or inpatient visit,” said Perez. “If anyone has questions, I encourage them to speak with their care team so they understand what is happening on the front lines and behind-the-scenes to keep them safe.”
For a complete listing of visitation guidelines, visit https://www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com/patients-visitors/covid-19/latest-information-on-covid-19-precautions.