Name of Hospital: St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: New York, NY, US
Number of Stars: 3
Comment: This was not a good experience. The first thing I found out was that outgoing phone calls were limited to NYC area codes, so I had to ask the staff to call my emergency contact out-of-state. I was stuck in a backless hospital gown and leggings for a couple of days until I got one change of clothes—I never saw the clothes or softcover books I’d brought in until I was discharged. The nurses/staff either ignored conflicts until fights broke out or discouraged social interaction altogether, even though the dayroom was intended for it. My psychiatrists were only interested in upping my medications to the max, and didn’t care about the side effects or other symptoms that it caused. You were required to meet with them every few days and explain why you were there, what your goals were while you were there, and how you were a model psych patient who deserved to be let back out into the world… eventually. Visiting hours twice a day were a relief; activities included art therapy, groups, and movie nights. Movie nights featured violent, gory movies, and everyone was encouraged to go to those, if nothing else. The best (and only good) thing I got out of it all was time to read The Hobbit.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient