Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital opens new inpatient program - Tucson News Now

Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital opens new inpatient program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In effort to care for the area's large elderly population, Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital will open the Bridges Geropsychiatric Program.

The new inpatient program focuses on diagnoses and treats major mental health programs in people 55 years and older. The program opens Nov. 5.

Bridges will host an open house to introduce the program to the community on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The open house will include a tour of the new facility, meeting the Care Team, and light appetizers and refreshments. There will be a blessing ceremony from 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Patients will receive care for mental health disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, dementia, substance abuse, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, delirium, and psychosis. This comprehensive program covers the entire spectrum of mental health for seniors, from intake to discharge or stabilization.

"We want people to know they are not alone in caring for themselves or an older loved one with physical and mental health programs," said Martha Gerganoff, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. "Dealing with mental and physical illnesses can be very challenging to both the individual experiencing them and the people who love and care for them."

Bridges Geropsychiatric Program is located on the second floor of Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, 1601 W. St. Mary's Road. 

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