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ABOUT BAYRIDGE HOSPITAL
Situated in the coastal community of Lynn, Mass., 11 miles north of Boston, BayRidge Hospital is a behavioral health facility that provides a full continuum of treatment services for adults struggling with a psychiatric disorder, or chemical dependency. The facility offers psychiatric stabilization and detoxification services, short-term inpatient care, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and outpatient-based services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To diagnose and determine an appropriate level of care, patients undergo an initial behavioral health assessment. If an individual requires psychiatric stabilization or detoxification, he or she may be referred to the hospital’s intensive assessment unit (IAU), which provides diagnostic and crisis management services. The average length of time in IAU is one to three days.
To more effectively serve its diverse population, BayRidge Hospital treats primary psychiatric disorders and substance abuse-related issues separately. Treatment for chemical dependency involves a structured schedule of individual, group, and family counseling, as well as psychoeducational classes. Medication-assisted therapy (Suboxone) may also be utilized to minimize withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependency.
Primary psychiatric treatment consists of pharmacological intervention combined with therapeutic counseling. Once a patient is stable, clinicians help to form a comprehensive discharge plan, which may include treatment linkages and referrals to community-based resources. The goal of short-term inpatient care is to rapidly stabilize the patient and refer them to a less-intensive level of care. The length of inpatient care is determined by the individual’s clinical needs and progress.
Offering similar programming as inpatient, the hospital’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) is held on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. After inpatient or PHP, patients may be encouraged to “step-down” to a specialized, issue-specific intensive outpatient program to help prevent relapse.
BayRidge Hospital’s multidisciplinary treatment staff consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical social workers, and licensed mental health and substance abuse counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The hospital is comprised of three separate, secured units, which include the intensive assessment unit, a 31-bed psychiatric unit, and a 24-bed addiction/dual diagnosis unit. Patients have 24-hour access to medical and nursing care. One of the three individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, a loved one, cited “bad accommodations and meals” as a facility weakness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two former patients polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing generally approved of the facility, including its accommodations. Both submitted perfect five-star ratings for the quality of the meals, while rating the facility’s cleanliness with either four or five stars. While the two survey respondents gave the facility’s counseling options just two stars, they gave ratings of four and five stars for the treatment staff’s level of training and experience.
Reporting a comfortable detoxification process, one alum wrote: “I stayed 8 days and came out clean and happy.” This alum also reported long-term sobriety and gave the facility five stars for its effectiveness in treating co-occurring disorders. The other survey respondent simply added: “[They] helped me.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Along with their critical opinion of the facility’s accommodations, the sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing disagreed with alumni, offering a moderate three-star rating for the staff’s level of experience and training. “Staff seemed intelligent but unmotivated,” they wrote. They also provided a lower two-star rating for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders. “Would not recommend a friend,” they concluded.
WHAT STAFF SAY
On Indeed, four employees gave the facility an average rating of three out of five stars. While many reviewers cited co-workers as a facility strength, some felt the hospital was understaffed and offered mixed opinions concerning management.
BayRidge Hospital accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Financial assistance, including no-cost treatment, may be available to eligible patients.
Published August 2016
Published on May 2017
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