Acute Care Hospitalization
The acute care unit at Porter Adventist Hospital provides psychiatric hospitalization for adult patients with severe mental health conditions such as: schizophrenia, major depression and anxiety disorders.
Hospitalization includes an active treatment program utilizing behavioral therapy groups, occupational and recreational therapy groups, nursing groups, and one-on-one counseling. Each patient has a social worker who coordinates care, and a psychiatrist who regularly consults on medication and all aspects of their care. The average length of stay for most patients is five to six days, although, this may vary depending upon medical needs. All patients are expected to participate in the program.
Porter Adventist Hospital is a TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS. There is no smoking or use of other tobacco products (chewing, dipping, etc.) on this unit or anywhere else on the hospital campus. For our patients who do smoke we will provide nicotine patches or gum to help with this transition.
Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Services
- Ongoing medication consultation and treatment coordination with a licensed psychiatrist.
- Coordination of services and discharge planning with a masters-level social worker.
- One-on-one counseling with mental health counselors.
- Daily group sessions with registered nurses, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, and recreation therapists.
Our Expert Clinical Team
- Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatrists
- Registered Nurses
- Occupational Therapists
- Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
- Mental Health Counselors
Criteria for Admission
Acute care inpatient hospitalization is the most restrictive level of care in behavioral health and is usually reserved for situations where the patient requires a highly structured environment to:
- Prevent harm to self.
- Prevent harm to others due to psychiatric illness or condition.
- Prevent harm from grossly impaired functioning due to psychiatric illness.
- Mania or psychosis that is unable to be safely managed on an outpatient basis.
Patients who are no longer in need of inpatient acute care services may be referred to the Porter Adventist Hospital Psychiatric Day Treatment Program for ongoing treatment when appropriate.
Information for Families and Friends
Please keep in mind that Acute Care is a locked unit. We cannot confirm or deny the presence of any patients without their permission in compliance with HIPAA regulations. All visitors must be approved before they can enter the unit.
- Weekday visiting hours are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
- Weekend and holiday visiting hours are, 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
- Phone calls can be placed and received during the time between group sessions.
- Please enter and exit the unit as quickly as possible. Please do not hold the unit door open for anyone. This may seem impolite, but it is an important safety issue. Each visitor must be cleared by staff for entry to or exit from the unit.
- Please keep in mind that there are many items that may be considered dangerous items (SHARPS). These items can include obvious weapons like guns or knives, but can also include mace, glass mirrors, glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, among other things. All visitors are required to report all items brought to the unit to the staff. All possessions brought to patients must be cleared by staff first.
Porter Adventist Hospital
2525 S Downing St, South
Denver, CO 80210