Cedar Hills Hospital Philosophy
Welcome to Cedar Hills Hospital, where we believe healing your mind is just as important as healing your body. We understand the intricacies of life and how it can cause psychiatric distress, substance use / abuse and unbalanced emotions, but we are here to help. Our comfortable, non-judgmental environment invites adults to take their life back from mental illness, drugs and alcohol.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Meet the Staff
Brian Esparza, MD
Dr. Brian Esparza completed both his medical education and residency training at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. As a graduate of a top ten medical school in the country, Dr. Esparza is well trained with state-of-the-art evidence based treatment. He currently serves as the medical director for Cedar Hills Hospital and Outpatient Services. Dr. Esparza has a particular interest in chemical dependency treatment and co-occurring disorders. He is a member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and he is board certified in Psychiatry. Dr. Esparza is bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish.
Bryan Dixon III, MD
Dr. Bryan Dixon serves as an attending psychiatrist for the all of our mental health and chemical dependency programs. He earned his medical degree at Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Dixon completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is board certified in psychiatry.
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ABOUT CEDAR HILLS HOSPITAL
Cedar Hills Hospital is located six miles west of downtown Portland. It is a private hospital that offers a full spectrum of treatment options for adults 18 and older struggling with mental illness and substance abuse. Medical detox is available on-site for those that need it. Substance abuse, mental health, pain management, and co-occurring disorders are available as well. There are special programs available for women and military personnel. Clients can also enroll in intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) programs. Aftercare services are available to clients that completed the programs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All of Cedar Hills Hospital’s clients are assessed by the facility’s assessment specialists to determine each client’s individual needs. After an appointment is scheduled, the admissions staff begins verifying insurance coverage so the level of covered services will be available before the interview. If the facility is not able to address a client’s needs, referrals to other facilities are provided.
The residential program is for clients who are experiencing moderate to severe chemical dependency and mental health symptoms. Treatment methodologies are built upon evidence-based principles. The facility provides group therapy and medication management. While individual therapy may be an option, it is not implemented for every patient based on each patient’s needs.
The residential behavioral pain management program treats those struggling with chronic pain and/or substance abuse. The program teaches new coping skills, and follows a holistic approach using a combination of group therapy with medication management.
Specialized programs for women and military veterans are available. The residential military program is designed to help service members process trauma and resolve addiction issues. Theresidential women’s program focuses on providing a safe atmosphere for women with a history of trauma. All residential programs are complemented by holistic therapies including acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
Outpatient treatment is offered in partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs. Both programs offer intensive group therapy and medication management. Separate PHP treatment tracks are available for mental health and substance abuse, as well as a specialized women’s program.
IOP programs include mental health, substance abuse, behavioral pain management, co-occurring disorders, and dedicated tracks for women and impaired professionals. Aftercare services are also available for alumni who are invited to attend a weekly hour-long aftercare group.
The facility recruits staff members with credentials and advanced degrees in their specific medical fields. Qualified doctors oversee the medical and mental health operations. Clients will also interact with nurses, certified counselors, and administrative staff throughout their treatment.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos published on the Cedar Hills Hospital’s website show a modern building with a cafeteria-style dining room and a fitness area. Group meeting spaces are available for counseling sessions. Smaller officers are used for individual and small group meetings. The décor is professional, like what would be expected of a doctor’s office. The facility appears to be in very good condition.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, two alumni have submitted feedback to Rehabs.com for Cedar Hills Hospital. One review was positive and one negative.
Alum L.R. gave perfect five-star ratings for the level of staff support, cleanliness, and the training and respect found in staff, but added of one teacher: “Her idea of session was her hand-outs (on topic) which we would all read aloud, taking turns. A complete waste of everyone's time.”
Alum Kevin gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, as well as two out of five stars for accommodations and amenities. He wrote: “Do not go here if you're in crisis mode. This is a for profit hospital and they will do anything to keep the beds filled. They have some great staff that is underpaid for the overwork they do due to constant short staffing problems. Treatment is limited to twice daily group therapy sessions and you're not even required to attend those sessions.”
On Google, the facility received both perfect five out of five star and mere one-star reviews, and little in between.  As a result, the facility has 2.8 out of five stars from 35 reviews to date. Several reviewers claimed that the facility seemed more interested in collecting payment than in helping clients. For example, Judy wrote: “It was a very pricey non value added scheme… to see to it that this for profit institution got the most they could get from my insurance.”
Yet some Google reviewers did have successful stays at Cedar Hills Hospital. Alum Ann wrote: “I want to commend the staff for their compassion, understanding and tireless work to ensure the relative comfort of all patients, myself included.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The five reviews from loved ones ranged from terrible to good.
Two of the loved ones polled by Rehabs.com gave four out of five stars or higher for the level and quality of family involvement. Other reviewers praised the “understanding, patient and caring staff.”
Holistic offerings were given two out of five stars or lower, which may explain one reviewer’s comment: “It was helpful for my husband, but he got very bored.”
Cedar Hills Hospital does not accept Medicaid, but it does accept Medicare, Tricare, and several private insurances. Self-payment is also accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Published on October 2017
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