Madison Memorial Hospital improves the mental health of our community with our Behavioral Health services and psychiatrists. Our 12-bed, crisis-stabilizing facility for adults 18 and over.
The average patient stay is expected to be approximately seven days. This newly remodeled behavioral health department offers the customized care that our community needs. Thank you for your support!
Mental illness in Idaho. Nearly one in five adults in the US lives with and suffers from, a debilitating mental illness of one kind or another.
And as much as we might like to think that this disturbing condition only affects people in faraway places, the truth is that here in Idaho, we’re definitely not immune. In fact, our state consistently ranks distressingly high in terms of suicide rates, in some years landing as much as 50% higher than the national average.
Emotional wellness and psychological care are major health concerns within Madison County and the surrounding area. Our large population of college students, which is a boon for the community in terms of economics and cultural impact, also results in a significant, ongoing need for behavioral health support systems. A recent community needs assessment survey; concluded that mental healthcare was the single most critical issue for the region, one which current resources, while excellent, have not been able to adequately address.
Indeed, Madison Memorial Hospital’s emergency department receives more than mental-health-related visits annually; many from individuals struggling with suicidal ideation. Of these, more than 150 end up getting transported to inpatient service centers specializing in behavioral health, located in places like Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Boise, and even as far away as Salt Lake City.
The emergency department is equipped with tele-psych evaluation services through HCA Healthcare, and our excellent social services team coordinates patient care with the amazing counselors and therapists that already live in the community. In spite of these things, the county and surrounding communities have had, up to now, only limited access to actual, credentialed psychiatric professionals.
That has now changed.
Nearly one in five adults in the US lives with and suffers from, a debilitating mental illness of one kind or another.
The new Behavioral Health Unit at Madison Memorial is a great asset to the community, meeting a long-recognized need.
The beginnings of an idea. Several years ago, the administrative team at Madison Memorial Hospital took the initiative, meeting multiple times with the hospital’s board of trustees, to outline the beginnings of a plan for a new behavioral health unit (BHU), one which would be locally-based, operating within the main hospital building itself. Careful planning ensued, requiring a large amount of analysis, recruitment, and architectural design.
The end result of this extensive groundwork was the announcement of a new, 12-bed behavioral health unit at Madison Memorial, built both to address the growing need for local psychiatric care as well as to serve as a supplement to the outstanding mental health already existing in the community.
Schafer Consulting, the University of Utah Health-Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), JRW Associates, and a dedicated team at Madison Memorial worked together for more than a year in the planning phase for the creation of the new unit, which opened in September 2021.
The BHU at Madison Memorial consists of a 12-bed, crisis-stabilizing facility for adults 18 and over. The average patient stay is approximately seven days, with the age of the average patient around 26 years. The state-of-the-art facility includes a breakfast nook area, a walled outdoors section, a large reception desk, multiple staff offices, and twelve licensed, certified patient beds.
Two new psychiatrists. Dr. Jim McCoy, MD, is one of two full-time psychiatrists who have joined the Madison Memorial staff, spearheading the new BHU and receiving and treating patients. He received his medical degree from Texas A&M, performing his four-year residency at the University of Utah healthcare system.
Drs. McCoy and Morris are working together to establish a greater presence in southeastern Idaho for the training of future psychiatric professionals, collaborating with the University of Utah and Idaho State University to ultimately set up a program to facilitate it.
Answering a community need. The new BHU at Madison Memorial is a great asset to the community, meeting a long-recognized need.
Madison Memorial Hospital, a 69 bed, full-service medical facility, is the only self-sustaining, county-owned, non-critical-access hospital in the state of Idaho. It’s a premier, regional healthcare facility serving five counties in the region. It’s comprised of an outstanding administrative staff and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care to every patient.
We couldn’t be more pleased to announce the upcoming grand opening of this newest addition to our organization.