REDDING, CA (December 16, 2015) – Shasta Regional Medical Center
has completed the two year construction of a 20-bed geriatric psychiatry
(geropsych) unit, called Path to Wellness schedule to open on Wednesday,
December 23. The unit is a voluntary inpatient mental health program that
will treat psychiatric disorders in mature adults, generally, 55 and older.
Six percent of Americans age 65 and over have a diagnosable depressive
illness. Older adults also have among the highest rates of suicide, relative
to other age groups.
Depression in seniors can be triggered by chronic illness common in later
life, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart
disease, cancer and arthritis.
Unfortunately, symptoms of depression are often overlooked and untreated
when they coincide with other medical illnesses or life events that commonly
occur as people age (e.g., loss of loved ones). However, clinical depression
is never a “normal” response; it is a serious medical illness
that should be treated at any age.
“This new program will be a foundation for our efforts to provide
older adults in our community with a full range of inpatient mental health
care services,” said Cyndy Gordon, CEO of Shasta Regional Medical
Center. “We are fortunate to provide such a high demand medical
service to our community,” stated Gordon.
The Path to Wellness unit program director, Jacquie Lucas and medical director,
Dr. Imran Khan will oversee clinical operations and community outreach.
Included in the multi-disciplinary clinical team includes, physicians,
psychiatric nurses and social workers.
The Path to Wellness program at Shasta Regional Medical Center has 20 beds,
private and semi-private rooms located on the 3th floor in a comfortable
environment that is secured for safety.
Admission and referral process into the elective unit, Path to Wellness
is done through our intake coordinator who can be reached at 530-244-8222.
Coverage for qualified patients is reimbursed through Medicare. For more
information about Path the Wellness, please visit our website ShastaRegional.com.