Morristown Medical Center

Name of Hospital: Morristown Medical Center

City, State/Province, Country: Morristown, NJ, United States

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: they were really kind. the kitchen was opened most ours of the day except during activities. there were programs to go to every hour to hour and a half. They didn’t force you to go and weren’t upset if you didnt. They had art and pet therapy two or three times a week. People could visit every day from 6 to 8 (I think… it was a year ago) and the hours were slightly different on weekends. They showed movies at night on the weekends that they let us choose from a list. there were 2 TVs that you could watch but shows like SVU werent allowed to be on. Nurses and therapists were there at all times. They distributed medicine. they preferred you not be in your room but certain patients were made to stay because they were considered a risk to other patients. they weren’t very good with severe problems like schizophrenia and they had to transfer 2 patients to a more intensive hospital situation while i was there.

there was a room with this very expensive german calming machine thing that you could go in to (one person at a time) if you were feeling overwhelmed or were becoming agitated. there were 2 payphones that you needed quarters to use but also a free phone in the nurse center that you could use if someone called you there first. they were really good with me being trans and offered to use my preferred name/pronouns. there was a computer you could use for an hour a day but it was separate from everyone. we used it to print out word searches. they had a ton of board games and things like sudoku and coloring pages. my main problem was the psychiatrist had really weird hours and we weren’t allowed outside (last year when i was there, anyway). you were allowed to shower by yourself and each room had a bathroom with a toilet that you could use alone. They had one handicap accessible room. they were accommodating to people with special circumstances like chronic pain, arthritis, etc. a few people had all day monitors (they both were bipolar and in the manic stage) but they were removed once the person was deemed stable enough to be alone. overall i really liked it

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations i.e. race/gender/sexuality that could have influenced your stay?: i’m trans and gay

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