Miami Valley Hospital

Name of Hospital: Miami Valley Hospital

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

Number of Stars: 4.5

Comment: I stayed on the psych unit for inpatient treatment for about two weeks in 2012 after a suicide attempt. I had a positive experience with the unit in general, but am reducing one star because of a misdiagnosis that, looking back, could have completely been prevented if a closer watch had been kept by an actual doctor (I only saw a resident for about five minutes at six am every morning, during which I was so sleepy I didn’t even know what was going on.)

I was admitted late in the evening, and the nurses were very kind about finding a change of clothes that fit comfortably and gently trying to coax me into eating something I would like. The rooms are pretty nice, even though I sometimes had to share. There is a privacy curtain, which is more than I can say for other facilities. The bathroom has a full heavy door for complete privacy and a metal mirror, which is something other places don’t always have.

There is a nurse call button by the bed. The beds are typical hospital beds but are nicer than the plastic-covered foam mattresses that some others have. Things are nice and quiet at night, the nurses don’t come in at all hours getting vitals or anything. If you want to sleep during the day they are ok with that, they just check on you quietly from time to time.

The rooms have plenty of shelves for personal belongings, which family can bring as long as it does not violate the safety precautions. They may also bring street clothes, which you can wash for free in the machines they have in the unit. Flowers deliveries are allowed in plastic vases. Visiting can occur in the common area or private rooms with an attendant. At mealtimes you can order off a list and the food is brought up. You can eat in your room or in the common area. There’s a little corner with decaf tea and snacks. The common area has a TV and some games and puzzles.

All the nurses were excellent, they made sure you were comfortable physically but often stopped to ask if you wanted to talk about anything. They weren’t therapists or anything but they were willing to just listen, which was really comforting. There was one nurse who was not helpful, one day I had a searing migraine and she absolutely refused to ask my resident to order me a prescription of the medication prescribed by my family doctor because, according to her, I should have asked him when he made his rounds (at 6am, when I was ASLEEP.) She was horribly rude and unfeeling.

But one bad nurse out of dozens isn’t that awful, I suppose. I would choose this hospital over any other if I ever needed another inpatient stay.

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) : 2012

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