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Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit

Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit

What is the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit? Opening July 1, 2021

Fort Madison Community Hospital is home to a Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit. This 12-bed inpatient unit located on the back side of our medical surgical unit. The unit provides individualized care in a safe and supportive atmosphere for adults age 65 and older, who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms requiring 24-hour acute inpatient treatment. Our number one priority here is to restore emotional wellness to older adults.

Our dedicated team of psychiatrists, providers, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals work together to develop a treatment plan based on the individual needs of each patient. Treatment options help individuals renew social, physical and mental skills. Treatment plans, which are monitored closely and updated when necessary, may include counseling, group therapy, and coordinated activities.

What is the contact information for the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit?

Program Director:    Laurie Steinbrecher



How do you make a referral?

Admission will be offered to patients age 65 and older who require active treatment of a mental health intensity that can be provided only in an inpatient hospital setting. This includes anyone experiencing new or deteriorating cognitive, behavioral, emotional, or physical symptoms who would benefit from an intensive program.  Anyone can make a request for a referral.  Please call us at 319-376-2428.


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