The Beginning of Healing
North Harbor is the beginning of healing. Located on the campus of Northport Medical Center in Tuscaloosa County, North Harbor is a facility for adult and geriatric individuals that are seeking psychiatric treatment.
What Happens in Treatment
How Can Family Be Involved
OUR ADULT PROGRAM
Our adult program serves adults ages 18 and older who are experiencing symptoms that require 24-hour acute inpatient psychiatric treatment and care. Patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist, as well as other mental health professionals. Our adult program is a short-term, acute care unit. Each individual is assessed in the Northport Medical Center Emergency Department (or the closest emergency department to the patient) to determine if admission to the adult program is appropriate. Prior to admission to North Harbor, individuals must receive medical clearance by a physician.
OUR GERIATRIC PROGRAM
We offer a safe and secure program for geriatric individuals who are experiencing symptoms that require 24-hour acute inpatient psychiatric treatment and care. Patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist who specializes in working with geriatric individuals. Patients are closely monitored by nursing staff, as well as other mental health professionals.
Our geriatric program is a short-term, acute care unit. Each individual is assessed in the Northport Medical Center Emergency Department (or the closest emergency department to the patient) to determine if admission to the geriatric program is appropriate. Individuals must receive medical clearance by a physician before they are admitted to North Harbor.
While at North Harbor, each patient participates in a comprehensive assessment conducted by our treatment team. Staff members inquire about the patient's current situation, concerns and presenting problems. We understand that family members and loved ones may have specific interests and questions, and the treatment team will work with the family, when possible, in order to fully understand the patient's background and history.
Within the first 72 hours of treatment, each patient has the opportunity to participate in creating his or her treatment plan. This plan will address both the patient's medical and psychiatric needs. Patients will be provided with individualized nursing care, group therapy, medication management and education, as well as consultation with other medical disciplines as needed. Our goal is to help our patients restore their quality of life and improve day-to-day management of symptoms so they may again participate in routine, daily activities as quickly as possible.
We offer a range of treatment-related activities that provide each patient with opportunities to focus on a strong, successful recovery. Typical treatment activities include:
- Goal Meetings ahelp the patient and staff members develop a clear focus for the day. In these meetings, the patient and the program staff discuss ways to work together to help the patient achieve the goals listed on his or her treatment plan.
- Group Therapy offers members the support and companionship of others who might be experiencing similar problems and issues. There are many different kinds of group therapies, and the goal of all therapy groups is to help individuals grow emotionally and solve personal problems through the power of the group.
- Recreational Therapy is offered to both adult and geriatric patients. The goals of recreational therapy on each unit are different. For our adult patients, the focus is on identifying leisure interests and how these activities and interests can be used as ways to cope with symptoms of mental illness. Individuals have the opportunity to learn new leisure skills, improve upon current stress management techniques, and participate in music therapy. With the geriatric population, the focus is more on increasing positive social interactions and remaining active. Patients participate in exercise groups, learn about current events, and participate in other leisure activities, such as art therapy.
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND EDUCATION
Medications often play a significant role in psychiatric stabilization and treatment. Individuals are provided with information about prescribed medications and the importance of taking medications as directed. Patients and their loved ones are encouraged to ask the treatment team questions about prescribed medications. If an individual experiences side effects from a medication or would like to discontinue a medication for any reason, he or she is highly encouraged to discuss this with the prescribing physician.
DEPARTURE FROM NORTH HARBOR
The discharge planning process begins upon a patient's admission to the program. North Harbor's goal is to provide a seamless transition from the hospital to the best environment for the patient's continued success. To the extent possible, patients are encouraged to be a part of the discharge planning process. Social workers work to develop a discharge plan that takes a patient's needs and abilities into account. The patient's treating psychiatrist also has an active role in the process of determining when a patient is ready for discharge from North Harbor.
Each patient will be provided with discharge instructions prior to leaving North Harbor. This document will typically refer the patient to additional services outside of North Harbor. The process of recovery that began at North Harbor should ideally continue on an outpatient basis, with the patient seeing a physician to monitor and manage medications, as well as a therapist or case manager to continue to address long-term needs.
Our patients are cared for by a team of clinicians, including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists, patient care assistants and recreational therapists. Our treatment team works closely together to provide top-quality care. The team works under the direct supervision of Dr. Kamal K. Raisani, North Harbor's Medical Director.
How can the Family be involved?
COMMUNICATE WITH THE STAFF
We strongly encourage our families to communicate directly with our treatment team. Your involvement can help us better understand the difficulties your loved one is facing. You can help us gain insight by providing us with the patient's history and information about past experiences.
Please feel free to let us know what we've done well and where we can make improvements. Please ask questions and share concern during your loved one's stay so we can look into correcting the issues immediately, if appropriate and possible.
COMMUNICATE WITH THE PATIENT
Phone calls and visitation are important for the patient to feel connected to and supported by his or her family during the course of treatment. Through phone calls and visits, you can be reassured that your loved one is in good hands. After your loved one leaves North Harbor, you can help by encouraging him or her to participate in follow-up appointments and take medications as prescribed. Lastly, you can help your family member's long-term recovery through regular contact and by communicating any questions or concerns to the treating physician.
SUPPORT OUR OUTCOMES MEASUREMENT EFFORTS
Our outcomes measurement team may contact you or your loved one 45 days after discharge from North Harbor to assess the impact of the treatment provided. North Harbor measures the positive impact of our treatment program by using standardized assessment tools and by comparing ourselves to similar programs around the country. We also closely monitor our satisfaction scores to ensure we offer the best care possible.
A NOTE ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY
North Harbor staff members fully comply with all state and federal confidentiality rules. That means we do not have permission to speak with family members or other loved ones until we are lawfully authorized. We understand your interest and concerns, and the treatment team will work with family members or other loved ones whenever possible.
To learn more about North Harbor Pavilion, ask your physician, mental health professional, or call us at (205) 330-3838.