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Psychiatric Medical Care Unit

St. Mary's General Hospital offers one of the area's only voluntary inpatient units for those with psychiatric disorders. The Psychiatric Medical Care Unit is a completely new state-of-the-art unit that provides the following experts to patients: psychiatrists, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurses, a psychiatric occupational therapist, as well as social workers who can help provide a smooth continuum of care for patients with special post-discharge needs. Geriatric specialists are also available to assess and treat the unique needs of this vulnerable population.

In addition, the unit can accommodate patients with certain chronic illnesses; these referrals are handled on a case-by-case basis to ensure that each patient receives the appropriate level of care.

PMCU Referrals

Given the unique issues of these patients, the referral process has been streamlined to make access to care faster and easier for both patients and their doctors. Patients experiencing a behavioral health crisis can be referred in any of the following ways:

  • From external facilities by calling 973-365-4422.
  • From any emergency department or psychiatric emergency services department. All patients presenting through the SMGH Emergency Department will be assessed by medical and psychiatric professionals and referred seamlessly to the Psychiatric Medical Care Unit when appropriate.
  • Directly from SMGH inpatient medical units by calling 973-365-4422.

Patients will be admitted with a primary acute need for inpatient behavioral health treatment for conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Acute Behavioral Crisis
  • General Anxiety Disorders
  • Major Depression Disorders
  • Neurocognitive Disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors
  • OCD& Related Disorders
  • Medication adjustments, and other related issues.

View our Psychiatric Medical Care Unit

For more information or to refer a patient for admission during daytime hours, please call 973-365-4422.