The Admissions Department can help people identify and begin to understand the psychological, psychiatric or emotional problems affecting them. The patient has an opportunity to meet with a doctor and a clinician alone, or can be accompanied by family members and significant others. The hospital’s professional, trained staff will develop an individualized care plan that can serve as the foundation of the patient’s future treatment inside or outside of Butler Hospital.
The hospital’s physicians are doctors with advanced training in treating emotional and brain-related problems. They may either discuss your patient’s case with the clinician and then meet with the patient, or they may gather all of the information from the patient directly.
In most cases, a person coming to the hospital for the first time will meet with the following staff members:
These professionals make every effort to ensure that the patient’s time in the Admitting Department is as relaxed and stress-free as possible.
A number of “behind the scenes” activities must occur for us to complete the assessment, including a discussion of your patient’s case between the clinician and physician and other health care providers. In addition, the process of “pre-certification” with the patient’s insurance company (the process of having the patient’s insurance company pay for his or her treatment) may involve lengthy discussions. If the patient is to be admitted into the hospital, we will speak with the inpatient staff about the care that is needed, and will facilitate his or her transition into the hospital.