Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena is one of several Southern California hospitals where Arroyos psychologists are able to provide Inpatient Psychological Care alongside hospital staff.
BHC Alhambra Hospital is a small, private, fully accredited acute psychiatric hospital in Rosemead, California where The Arroyos psychologists are able to provide extensive inpatient care with hospital staff.
Q: At what hospitals do you provide care and under what circumstances do patients or their loved ones typically contact you for hospital care?
A: Some of the psychologists at The Arroyos provide hospital care as a specialty of their practice. When a psychologist practices at a hospital, he or she can admit a patient to the hospital for psychological care, in conjunction with a physician of the psychologist’s choice, who simultaneously admits the patient for simultaneous medical care.
The Arroyos psychologists practice at Huntington Memorial Hospital and BHC Alhambra Hospital, both in the greater Pasadena area. The patient may be admitted to either hospital depending on the availability of a bed, the specific problems the patient has, and which hospital the psychologist has privileges to practice at.
Patients or their loved ones typically contact The Arroyos when symptoms are severe enough that they cannot be managed at a lower level of care. Examples of such problems may be highly disorganized behavior or inability to function at home or at work or the need for a medical detox from drugs or alcohol.
Patients may also be in an emergency situation because of acute impulses to hurt oneself or others or an inability to provide for one’s own food, clothing, or shelter. In these circumstances, the patient may require placement on a 5150 (involuntary hold). Some of The Arroyos psychologists are able to place patients on 5150 holds in our offices if necessary. When we place a patient on a 5150 hold, we are required to transport them via ambulance to the Emergency Room at Huntington Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.
The Arroyos psychologists may also be contacted by patients and their families when the patient is suffering from a severe medical condition such as cardiac disease, a neurological condition, upcoming surgery, kidney or liver disease, or cancer. If the patient is having significant psychological complications such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, the psychologist can admit the patient to Huntington Memorial Hospital with a physician specialist who will treat the medical condition while our psychologist manages the patient’s psychological issues.
Q: What are the specific types of hospital services you provide with regards to admissions, consultations, treatment and discharge?
A: The Arroyos psychologists provide voluntary and involuntary admission to both hospitals. Our psychologists can also offer Emergency Room evaluations and assessments at Huntington Memorial Hospital.
At Huntington Memorial Hospital, in addition to Emergency Room services we can treat our patients in a full suite of adult inpatient units including acute locked psychiatric care, general adult psychiatric care, and geropsychiatric inpatient care for elderly patients. We can also provide chemical dependency detox in the chemical dependency unit. We can arrange for patients with severe mood disorders to receive Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) at the hospital and manage the patient’s psychological condition while undergoing this treatment. We can also provide simultaneous psychological care when patients are receiving inpatient medical care anywhere in the hospital.
At BHC Alhambra hospital, our psychologist also can treat our patients in a full suite of adult inpatient and chemical dependency detox units similar to those provided at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Additionally, we can provide treatment in the adult Eating Disorders inpatient unit. At BHC Alhambra, The Arroyos psychologists can treat patients on the inpatient adolescent unit and we can arrange for our patients to be treated in the child inpatient unit.
If you are interested in admitting to a hospital with us, it is very important to start by contacting us first at 877-884-8272, Ext. 101, rather than contacting the hospital. It is important that we guide the admissions process from beginning to end as this can be a complex and at times confusing time. Once the patient is admitted to the hospital, we will coordinate care with his or her family and outpatient care professionals assuming the patient gives us permission to do so.
Discharge planning begins at admission to the hospital. Our psychologists actively coordinate discharge planning and work closely with the family and typically discharge our patients into our own programs unless it is appropriate to place the patient into another community or region of the country.
Q: In the event of an emergency hospital admission, when and how should a client contact The Arroyos?
A: If the patient is in an immediate life threatening situation, you should call 911 or proceed to your nearest Emergency Room. Once the patient is safely at the Emergency Room, please call us at (877) 884-8272, Ext. 101 and we can help you manage the situation.
If you or your loved one is acting in such a way that you feel that they may need hospitalization for their own care or safety, or for the safety of others, please call us immediately at (877) 884-8272, Ext. 101 and speak to an intake representative about your concerns. Our staff will assess the situation and guide you through the process of determining the best course of action to respond to your concerns.