Fremont Hospital

Name of Hospital: Fremont Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Fremont, California, USA

Number of Stars: 3

Comment: While it’s very clean and safe, there’s not much therapy that goes on. I only saw my doctor for a total of less than 10 minutes, and i was there for over a week. The staff kept changing and everything was disorganized. I was in the “high-functioning” unit, which had ‘special privileges’ like having longer visiting hours. No one used my pronouns and every time any of the staff referred to me they used my deadname, even if I corrected them. My doctor didn’t listen to me at all and seemed impatient to get out of there whwnever I tried to say something, he interrupted me. There was a lot of gendered language because it was a ‘women’s unit’.

They took my toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. and didn’t give it back when I was discharged. No one could get in touch with anyone so it was all really confusing and frustrating. But, it was generally pretty chill compared to the stuff that goes on in some other places.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: nonbinary and acearo

Year(s): 2017

Fremont Hospital

Name of Hospital: Fremont Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Fremont, California, USA

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: The facility itself was really clean and comfortable, each room had its own bathroom and two small chalkboards (though we rarely had access to chalk). There was phone access for most of the day and daily visiting hours. I had a decently enjoyable time, but there wasn’t much in terms of actual therapy or counseling, we mostly just hung out and played cards.

Some of the staff proved to be incompetent. At intake, I said I wasn’t sure if I had been technically sexually abused (I know now I had), and when I explained a bit the staff member laughed at me and told me nothing really happened. Our “school” consisted of a man who would come and have us draw pictures and talk to us about how “you just need to look inside yourself” to solve your problems. He started each day by showing yesterday’s drawings to the class, and while showing my trauma vent art said “Somebody’s got issues!” They also at one point increased the length of my stay without telling me, which caused me great panic. And they used my birth name in their system, even though I had changed my name legally months prior.

If you stay here you’ll most likely be safe and comfortable and have access to a degree of accommodations, but if you’re looking specifically for therapy services this may not be for you.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: nonbinary