Sierra Providence Health Network Collaborates with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso to Open First Geriatric Behavioral Unit in El Paso

PMHGBURibbon-14PMHGBURibbon-15 PMHGBURibbon-20Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN) will collaborate with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at El Paso to bring El Paso its first Geriatric Behavioral Unit (GBU), slated to open this month.

The GBU will be located at Providence Memorial Hospital and will initially feature 12 private rooms and community space for patients 65 and older who require both acute care and psychiatric support.  The unit will also provide an additional site for TTUHSC’s Department of Psychiatry residency program.

Furthermore, Providence Memorial Hospital has received designation as a NICHE Hospital. The NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation indicates a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence. “As our baby boomers enter their golden years, SPHN is committed to being on the forefront of providing the best healthcare for them. This NICHE designation is a huge step in the right direction for us as we work to complete our geriatric psych floor as part of our $120 million reinvestment plan,” said J. Eric Evans, CEO of Providence Memorial Hospital, Sierra Medical Center and Providence Children’s Hospital.

The NICHE designation signals SPHN’s dedication to providing quality eldercare that enhances the patient and family experience. Through SPHN’s participation in the NICHE program — a leading elder care nursing program — it is able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults. To meet the needs of older adults, SPHN is dedicated to the awareness of geriatric issues, skilled nursing facilities, competence in geriatric care, and the support of implementing geriatric protocols. This leads to greater satisf action rates and a positive impact on patients, their families and staff.

“It will be the first unit to offer  integrated  care that includes the primary care practitioners (hospitalists, internists and others) and psychiatrists. This model will benefit the patient and show the student how successful a biopsychosocial model of healthcare can be,” said David F. Briones, M.D., DLFAPA, professor of psychiatry and interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry, TTUHSC at El Paso.

“SPHN shows tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times – quality care of older adults,” says Liz Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders – NICHE, Dr. John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging, New York University College of Nursing. “The hospital’s dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.”

Sierra Providence Health Network includes Sierra Providence East Medical Center, Sierra Medical Center, Providence Memorial Hospital and Providence Children’s Hospital. The Network also offers a wide range of outpatient services including Sierra Providence TotalCare, Sierra Providence Urgent Care Centers, Sierra Providence Trawood Center and ER, Sierra Teen and Women’s Centers, Wound Care Centers and Sierra Providence Sleep Disorders Center.