ROGERSVILLE – Hawkins County senior adults will soon have access to outstanding mental health services close to home.
On Friday, June 11, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital will celebrate the opening of The Center for Senior Health, a 10-bed geriatric psychiatry unit within the Rogersville hospital. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the center. Media representatives are invited to attend.
The geriatric psychiatry unit will be the only one of its kind serving Hawkins and Hancock counties.
“When you’re dealing with a depressed, older person, the last thing that person wants or needs is to be taken out of the community – away from family and friends – to receive care,” said Greg Neal, the hospital’s president. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring this important, needed service to our community.”
Shirley Trentham, MD, a psychiatrist, will serve as the center’s medical director. Ron Bowman, a licensed professional counselor, will serve as the program director, and Connie Mullins, APRN, will serve as the unit’s nurse practitioner.
Clinical services offered by the center will include treatment planning, psychiatric evaluation, individual, group and family therapy, recreational therapy, psychological testing, physical and occupational therapy and discharge planning.
Senior adults suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, behavioral health problems related to medication use and other mental health disorders will be treated in the unit.
“Many times, there is an assumption that these conditions can’t be treated in older adults,” Neal said. “But that’s wrong. With appropriate treatment, the symptoms can be managed and often reversed.”