At TrustPoint Hospital, we are well aware of the many challenges faced by individuals whose lives have been impacted by both medical and psychological concerns, and we have developed specialized treatment that incorporates premier medical services with world-class mental health programming.
Complex Medical Conditions and Acute Psychiatric Disorders Overview
Learn more about complex medical conditions and acute psychiatric disorders treatment at TrustPoint Hospital
On their own, complex medical conditions and acute psychiatric disorders can have a devastating impact on both the substance and quality of a person’s life. When a person experiences a complex medical condition and an acute psychiatric disorder simultaneously, it is difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the potential for long-lasting damage. Complicating the matter even further, the co-occurrence of complex medical conditions and acute psychiatric disorders can disqualify an individual from receiving care at programs that are prepared to treat only one of the problems.
The professionals at TrustPoint Hospital provide men and women with the life-changing comprehensive care that can alleviate distressing symptoms of acute physical and mental health challenges and can help them to experience significantly improved quality of life.
Helping a Loved One
Helping a loved one or family member get treatment at TrustPoint Hospital
If someone that you care about has been struggling with both an acute psychiatric disorder and a complex medical condition, you already know how daunting, frustrating, and even overwhelming this experience can be. However, it is important to know that the situation is not hopeless, and that you can play a key role in improving your loved one’s life. Please consider the following:
- Educate yourself about the medical and psychiatric issues that your loved one is experiencing. Speak with experts, consult advocacy organizations, and visit reputable websites. The more you understand what your loved one is experiencing, the better you will be prepared to provide meaningful support.
- Talk to your loved one. Ask him or her to describe what he or she has been experiencing and what types of support would be most valuable and appreciated. Listen to what your loved one says, and pay attention to what topics he or she is unwilling or unable to address. Your ongoing discussions with your loved one can be essential in your effort to understand the problem and locate possible solutions.
- Research the types of treatment that have helped others who were experiencing similar physical and/or mental health issues, and identify treatment programs that appear to be best suited to meeting your loved one’s unique needs. Contact promising programs to arrange a tour of their facilities and introductory meetings with staff members. Include your loved one in these efforts to the degree that he or she is able to participate.
- Set realistic expectations. When your loved one enters treatment, he or she should complete a thorough assessment and evaluation. Once this has been accomplished, talk to the treatment providers to get an accurate understanding of the specific challenges that your loved one is facing and to determine what types of progress and/or improvements are realistic.
- Remember that treatment is just one part of a comprehensive effort to support an individual who is experiencing a complex medical condition and an acute co-occurring psychiatric disorder. Your loved one’s treatment program should provide opportunities for loved ones to learn how best to support the individual in treatment after he or she has completed care and returned home or to a supportive living environment.
Throughout this entire process, make sure that you are not neglecting your own physical and psychological needs. Following a healthy diet, getting ample exercise, and ensuring that you have emotional support are essential. It may also be valuable for you to speak with a counselor or therapist. Remember that you cannot be the most effective source of support to your loved one if you are not maintaining your own physical and mental health.
Why Consider Treatment
Why consider treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN
The potential negative effects of living with an untreated physical health problem and a co-occurring mental health disorder can vary widely depending upon the nature and severity of the challenges involved. When a person’s physical health involves breathing problems, orthopedic impairments, congenital disorders, head injuries, and/or multiple traumas, the impact can include significant reductions in the individual’s ability to attend school, get and keep a job, communicate effectively with others, and maintain financial independence. When a person who struggles with these physical problems is also experiencing psychiatric issues such as dementia, depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and/or suicidal ideation, he or she may struggle to effectively express him or herself, to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, or to successfully seek effective treatment. The combined result of complex medical problems and acute co-occurring psychiatric disorders can include withdrawal and isolation, pervasive sense of hopelessness, and an inability to pursue solutions. Thankfully, with effective professional care, people whose lives have been disrupted by medical problems and co-occurring psychiatric concerns can experience relief from certain symptoms, can learn to manage symptoms that cannot be avoided or reversed, and can experience increased quality of life.
Types of Treatment
Types of treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN
TrustPoint Hospital is an acute care general hospital that is located on a serene 17-acre campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. With 101 beds and a variety of programs, TrustPoint Hospital offers comprehensive treatment services to individuals who are experiencing a wide range of physical and psychiatric health issues, and is uniquely prepared to provide life-changing care to patients who have been struggling with both complex medical conditions and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Individuals in this latter category can receive life-changing care for acute dual medical and psychiatric needs in our innovative 10-bed Medical Psychiatry Unit, which features integrated services from our Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Medicine. To qualify for admission into the Medical Psychiatry Unit, a prospective patient must have a primary medical diagnosis and a secondary psychiatric diagnosis.
The Medical Psychiatry Unit is an optimal treatment environment for men and women who cannot be admitted to a traditional general psychiatric treatment program because of complex medical needs that require services such as telemetry, intravenous fluids, or oxygen supplementation, and cannot receive optimal care on from a standard medical program because of psychiatric symptoms such as psychosis, cognitive dysfunction, or delirium.
Care within the Medical Psychiatry Unit is provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals whose experience and expertise allows them to identify, assess, and develop comprehensive plans to address each patient’s physical and mental or behavioral healthcare needs. The following are examples of the many issues for which individuals may receive care within the Medical Psychiatry Unit at TrustPoint Hospital:
- Dementia with behavioral problems
- Substance overdose or withdrawal syndromes
- Infection or electrolyte imbalances and delirium
- Nutritional disorders and altered mental status
- Cardiovascular disease and anxiety or depression
Prior to receiving care within the Medical Psychiatry Unit, each patient will complete a comprehensive multidimensional evaluation that is specially designed for individuals who have been experiencing complex debilitating illnesses and significant functional decline.
Based upon the results of this evaluation, members of the individual’s treatment team will develop a comprehensive personalized plan that will guide the patient’s treatment both during and after his or her time in the Medical Psychiatry Unit. Elements that will be addressed in this personalized plan of care will include treatment, rehabilitation, health promotion, social service interventions, and the commitment of key personnel and support staff to optimize the patient’s health, functional capacity, and ability to live with the greatest degree of independence.
Depending upon the patient’s unique needs, the following elements may be included in his or her treatment in the Medical Psychiatry Unit:
Medication management: Patients whose medical and/or psychiatric symptoms may be alleviated by prescription medications will receive medication management services throughout their time in the Medical Psychiatry Unit. Patients in this unit are seen by an internist and a psychiatrist on a daily basis, with nurses also providing medication management services as needed.
Individual therapy: Patients in the Medical Psychiatry Unit will participate in individual therapy sessions with a social worker on an as-needed basis. Individual therapy can be an excellent opportunity for patients to process successes and setbacks and receive guidance from an experienced professional on issues related to their treatment and recovery.
Group therapy: Patients whose medical needs do not prevent them from participating in group therapy may benefit from social work and nursing groups that are conducted through TrustPoint Hospital’s Adult Behavioral Healthcare Unit. The following are examples of topics that are addressed during these groups:
- Anger management
- Disease / disorder education
- Medication management
- Grief and loss
- Communication skills
- Stress management
- Healthy boundaries
- Guilt and shame
Family therapy: When necessary and appropriate, patients in the Medical Psychiatry Unit and their family members may participate in family therapy sessions under the supervision of an experienced social worker. The many benefits of family therapy include providing a supportive environment in which family members can address the ways that they have been impacted by their loved one’s struggles, helping to heal intrafamilial rifts, and preparing family members to support their loved one’s continued recovery after he or she completes his or her time in the Medical Psychiatry Unit.
Physical therapy: Patients in the Medical Psychiatry Unit who have been experiencing issues related to movement and flexibility may receive a range of physical therapy services, as well as access to orthotics, prosthetics, and wheelchair consultations with staff.
Occupational therapy: Patients in the Medical Psychiatry Unit whose medical conditions have negatively impacted their physical functioning may also benefit from a host of occupational therapy services as well as ultrasounds, electronic stimulation, and kinesio taping, when necessary.
Speech therapy: Patients in the Medical Psychiatry Unit who can benefit from speech therapy services may work with one of TrustPoint’s experienced speech therapists. The services that these professionals may provide include the administration of vital stimulation and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations in order to determine if a patient’s ability to swallow is impacting his or her communication skills and overall health.
Respiratory therapy: Respiratory services that are available to individuals who are receiving care in the Medical Psychiatry Unit include respiratory therapy, including tracheostomy management and decannulation, Trilogy, oxygen (O2) weaning, and CPAP and BiPAP management services.
As indicated earlier on this page, the comprehensive personalize planning that occurs within the Medical Psychiatry Unit is not designed to address only the time that a patient is receiving care at TrustPoint Hospital. The day an individual enters treatment, the members of his or her treatment team begin to develop a thorough discharge plan that will identify the referrals and services that will support his or her efforts to experience long-term success in maintaining and building upon the progress that he or she makes while in our care.
To learn more about the Medical Psychiatry Unit, or for answers to any questions that you may have about any aspect of treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you to make the most informed decision for yourself or on behalf of a loved one.
Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
Learn more about co-occuring disorders treatment at TrustPoint Hospital
In order to accommodate the vast need for treatment for co-occurring concerns, at TrustPoint Hospital, we offer care options for co-occurring drug and/or alcohol use disorders within both the behavioral healthcare program and the medical psychiatry program. In the physical rehabilitation program, the primary co-occurring conditions that we treat include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency.
A wide range of highly experienced, specially trained, and knowledgeable professionals make up the treatment teams here at TrustPoint. These compassionate professionals include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Social Workers
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech Therapists
Additionally, other physicians are consulted on an individual basis in order to provide expertise in the areas of nephrology, neurology, cardiology, urology, etc.
Staff at TrustPoint Hospital
Learn more about the staff at TrustPoint Hospital
Many of the staff members at TrustPoint Hospital have completed specialized training that allows them to appropriately and effectively provide the most beneficial care possible. Examples of such specialized training includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- All of our psychiatrists are board certified in psychiatry, and one psychiatrist is double boarded in psychiatry and addictionology.
- All of our physiatrists are board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR). Additionally, one physiatrist is double boarded in PMR and spinal cord injury, and another is double boarded in PMR and pain medicine.
- Many of our full-time registered nurses are board certified as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN).
- Our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists all hold specialized certification in their respective fields. Examples of such include certifications in the use of electrical and thermal modalities, physical agent modalities, ASTYM manual modalities, aquatics therapy, VitalStim, endoscopy, and many more.
- Our CEO/CNO is a doctorally prepared nurse with board certification in both psychiatry and mental health nursing.
- The staff in our intensive outpatient program (IOP) have specialized training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment, alcohol treatment, and trauma recovery.
- All of our primary care physicians are board certified in internal or family medicine.
- Many of our social workers are Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), which is the highest licensure available in the field of social work. Approximately 10 of our social workers are currently at the licensed master designation and are in the process of obtaining the licensed clinical designation.
- Many of our registered nurses (RNs) have completed hospital-sponsored training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
While we are proud of the clinical expertise that our staff holds, we also realize that their training, experience, certifications, and licensures are only one part of providing clinically excellent care. We believe that, in order for patients to experience true healing and find a renewed sense of hope and confidence in their futures, they must work with treatment teams who genuinely care about them and their wellbeing. At TrustPoint Hospital, our staff does just that. We strive to provide compassionate care that exceeds the call of duty and offers patients the ability to achieve their treatment goals.
If you or someone in your life is in need of all-encompassing, clinically excellent care to treat medical issues or psychiatric concerns, or is in need of comprehensive rehabilitative services, do not hesitate to contact the dedicated and knowledgeable admissions teams at TrustPoint Hospital. Here at TrustPoint, patients can rest assured that all of their physical rehabilitative and behavioral health needs will be met in an environment that promotes healing and is fully conducive to recovery. Let a future of hope, confidence, and fulfillment begin today.