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New Institute for Behavioral Medicine a community asset

Adventist Midwest Health is proud to announce the opening of its landmark Adventist Institute for Behavioral Medicine, a regional center of excellence in mental health care.

With locations at multiple hospitals and satellite facilities, the Institute is the largest non-profit behavioral health program in the Chicago suburbs. It serves adolescents, adults and senior citizens who are experiencing emotional, physical, behavioral or addiction disorders.

“A strong, hospital-based mental health program is an important component of any community,” said Dr. Akram Y. Razzouk, chairman of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s psychiatry department and medical director of mental health services at the hospital. “Through compassion, care and support, we help our patients move forward with their lives.”

More than a year in the works, the new Institute offers a variety of services throughout DuPage County, including treatment options for debilitating conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia.

The Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary staff that includes board-certified psychiatrists and clinical psychologists as well as addictionologists, social workers, nurses and counselors. In addition, it staffs discharge planners who help patients assess the potential need for follow-up treatment after they leave.

No matter which location a patient visits, he or she can expect continuity and consistency because of the Institute’s umbrella organization, said Clinical Director of Behavioral Services Christine Caddy, RN, MBA.

“One of the biggest advantages to the patient is they will receive the same assessment and referral services at each of our locations,” Caddy said. “It will be more of a seamless process for our patients, and will expedite the service as well.”

The services are organized as follows:

Inpatient services for adult and geriatric patients is available at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, where two inpatient units recently underwent $1 million in renovations. Adventist GlenOaks also is home to a 12-bed Admission Assessment Unit and a 20-bed Intensive Adult Treatment Unit.

Inpatient care for adults and teens is available in a specially designed, 17-bed unit at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

Outpatient services are offered at a satellite campus in Westmont. New Day Center provides chemical dependency services to adults with addictive disorders both in our daytime and evening programs. These programs are designed to include the family as an integral part of the recovery process and we offer an ongoing aftercare program following treatment for up to two years. OPTIONS provides mental health treatment in two different programs: one for adults and another for adolescents. Each of these programs offers several levels of care and treatment is collaborative and individualized. Services for persons with both an addiction and a mental health disorder are also provided offering specialized treatment and staff training.