Oaklawn Hospital

Name of Hospital: Oaklawn Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Marshall, MI, USA

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: (My previous submission was cut off. Here’s the entire review). I was admitted to Oaklawn Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit due to intense suicidal ideation. Intake wasn’t too traumatic–I’d spent the night in the ER by that point, so it was just a matter of looking through my clothes, giving me toiletries, and showing me to my room. It’s a small unit (17 beds), mainly focusing on helping suicidal people and folks dealing with addiction. If you need super specialized care, this might not be the place for you. The unit was clean and well-staffed, with a dining room and group room with a TV.

They say group attendance is optional, but regular group attendance determines your discharge or level change. Group therapy is always lead by a social worker daily, and otherwise there’s other groups about different topics. A lot of therapy is DBT-based, which didn’t work for me too much.

You meet with the psychiatrist daily, and have a team meeting once a week with the psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, and social worker. I found the social workers to be a little thin skinned, but they coordinated all my discharge care really well. The psychiatrist was really good, she took my concerns seriously and gave me an Rx for two months worth of medication upon my discharge.

Meals were good, you could select your own (tho I’d avoid the mac n cheese). My biggest gripe is you can’t bring your own toiletries and have to use the hospital’s. There’s visitation 3x/week and you can make phone calls as long as groups aren’t going on.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Bisexual woman. I was out to the staff and I don’t think it affected my care

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