St. Anthony’s Regional Hospital

Name of Hospital: St. Anthony’s Regional Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Carroll, Iowa, United States

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: The nurses in this program were phenomenal. They had a set of questions that they were required to ask but the night nurse were amazing. They really listened, and did a great job of noticing signs of panic. Deescalated situations well, and were really good at helping patients recover. They noticed details that assisting in my recovery. The psychiatrists however were impersonal and overworked, so they just asked me their questions and dropped some medicine on me.

This program also had a set schedule for groups — there was music therapy twice a week which I really enjoyed. Pet therapy two to three times a week, though I was afraid of dogs but other people liked that. There was occupational therapy where we cooked things, though I couldn’t eat anything due to gluten intolerance. There was exercise therapy, which I found helpful.

Two of the assistants were not helpful and were a bit callous and made bad assumptions when I was in an anxiety attack, but for the most part the staff seemed well trained and empathetic to people. It helped that I had a therapist back home that advocated for me and made sure they used the correct pronouns. They were very accommodating of that — though the assistants messed up a few times with pronouns, but the nurses and doctors used the correct name and pronouns and were respectful.

I learned a lot of coping skills and mindful exercises that I still use today, and it helped me go from wishing I was dead to giving life another try. I think they can use more training on LGBTQIA issues, specifically the nurse assistants that led the groups, which is why I gave it a four rather than a five. I feel like I lucked out with this place.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: transgender (non-binary person using he/him or they/them pronouns), pansexual.

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