April 11, 2012

Sumner Regional Medical Center Adds Geriatric-Psychiatric Unit
New "Restorative Care Unit" to Begin Accepting Patients on May 1

Sumner Regional Medical Center CEO Mary Jo Lewis announced today the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System will be expanding its specialized services in post-acute care with the opening of a new 12-bed geriatric-psychiatric unit, or Restorative Care Unit, at the hospital on May 1.


The Restorative Care Unit’s professional treatment team is committed to assisting senior adults enhance their quality of life, said Lewis.


“Sumner Regional Medical Center offers a number of vital services for the seniors in our community, and geriatric-psychiatric care is an important piece of the continuum of care for the elderly population that is greatly needed in our region,” Lewis said. “We are pleased to now be able to offer these additional services at Sumner Regional for those in our community who may be in need of more specialized geriatric care.”


There are many factors that uniquely affect the elderly patient, including the use of multiple medications to treat various medical complications that come with aging, physical impairments that limit mobility and activities of daily living, and the many life changes and losses that take from their financial, social, and emotional support systems when most needed.


Treatment at SRMC’s new Restorative Care Unit will provide a balanced mix of psychiatric and medical care in a unit designed specifically to meet the safety needs required by this population,” said Anne Melton, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer for Sumner Regional Medical Center.


“The unit is designed to provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment in which a multidisciplinary team of clinicians conduct a comprehensive mental, cognitive and medical assessment and develop a customized treatment plan for each patient,” Melton added.


Senior adults who are considered for treatment at SRMC’s Restorative Care Unit typically suffer from these difficulties:

  • Severe Depression
  • Sudden onset or increase in confusion, disorientation or memory loss
  • Hallucinations, delusions, and/or paranoia
  • Potential danger to self or others
  • Sudden change in ability to attend to normal daily activities
  • Noncompliance with prescribed psychiatric health regimen
  • Problems coping with stressful situations

  • Treatment program services include: evaluation and treatment, diagnostic services, medication evaluation, dietary evaluation, medical treatment, group counseling, individual counseling, inpatient treatment, physical rehabilitation, recreational therapy, discharge planning, discharge and follow up.


    The Restorative Care Unit will operate under the direction of Medical Director Pranahitha Reddy, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, and Program Director Andrea R. Hurtienne, RN, MSN. 


    Dr. Reddy joined the medical staff at SRMC in April and most recently worked as medical director for The Renewal Center, a geriatric-psychiatric unit at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.  Hurtienne also joined the hospital’s management team in April.  She was most recently working as the director of Senior Behavioral Health at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Miss.  A nurse for more than 15 years, she has cared for patients in the areas of hospice, psychiatric and behavioral health care. 



    About Sumner Regional Medical Center

    Sumner Regional Medical Center, a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn., is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System.  The hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, women’s and rehabilitative services and has been serving the communities of Sumner County and beyond for more than 50 years. To learn more, visit www.MySumnerMedical.com.




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