Kettering Behavioral Hospital

Name of Hospital: Kettering Behavioral Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Number of Stars: 2

Comment: I stayed at Kettering Behavioral for three days after a suicide attempt in 2013. I’m only increasing my rating from one star to two because the food was good.

The admitting procedure is embarrassing. You’re routed from the main hospital to the behavioral hospital by ambulance, so when you get there you’re strapped into a gurney and the door opens directly into the center of the “common area,” (if a circle of chairs at a crossroads of hallways can be called that.) So you just sit there at the reception desk for a good half hour as a spectacle for everyone’s amusement, probably crying hysterically. It’s humiliating.

There is another room where you can sit at a table to play a game or do a puzzle, but I would describe it as depressing. Your room does not have a door. You have no curtain or divider from your roommate. You have no privacy in your bathroom but a weird rubber swingy thing that wouldn’t even be sufficient to use for a dressing room. All the surfaces of my room were sticky, as if something had been spilled years ago and never cleaned up. The mattresses were plastic-covered foam pads maybe two or three inches thick.

The doctors didn’t make rounds at any specific time, they just visited you wherever you happened to be, regardless of how many other patients were within hearing range.

At mealtimes you were escorted down a long hallway in your socks, which was weird and gross, since no shoes are allowed -not even without laces- to a cafeteria. The food was pretty good, which was the only highlight of the entire stay. There was a small kitchenette with decaf tea near the rooms.

There was a computer with internet access, and one phone but you had to wait in line for each. You were allowed to wear street clothes if family brought them to you, and there was a washer and dryer you could use for free. You weren’t allowed to sleep during the day, and there were group therapies you were required to attend.

There were not an abundance of nurses if you needed something. One of the patients was having a bad reaction to his medication. Because there were no doors on the rooms or bathrooms, the entire building smelled so bad that everyone was ill and we could have no visitors. It was truly miserable. Even without that incident, I would never choose to return to this facility if I ever needed inpatient care again. It was absolutely abysmal.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: no

Year(s) : 2013

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