Carolinas HealthCare System

Countdown to Davidson: New Behavioral Hospital Features Unique Staffing Model

Over the past year, anyone driving down N.C. 73 east of Davidson could see the construction taking place on the brand new behavioral health hospital. As the concrete was getting poured and the walls were going up, the behavioral health team was doing some constructing of their own: planning and preparing for how the hospital will actually operate for patients and staff.

The new hospital will open on April 7. Tom Gettelman, PhD, currently vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health - Charlotte, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center, will serve as vice president, facility executive of the Davidson hospital. Dr. Gettelman and his team made numerous decisions before the first patients arrive, including the design of the inpatient clinical staffing model.

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Please join us for the Grand Opening of Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Davidson

Saturday, April 5, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
16740 Davidson-Concord Road (Hwy.73)
Davidson, NC 28036

At a time when the demand for behavioral health services in North Carolina is at a critical juncture, Carolinas HealthCare System is proud to open a beautiful new campus to serve our communities. Please join community leaders, elected officials, physicians, neighbors and Carolinas HealthCare System for this pivotal event in the delivery of healthcare in
our region.

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“This model is unique to the region,” Dr. Gettelman said. “Hospitalist psychiatrists will work seven consecutive days on a single unit. Then, patient care responsibilities will be transferred to their teammate psychiatrist who will serve as the attending physician for the next seven days. This schedule will be mirrored by the psychotherapists assigned to each unit which will be further complemented by the 12-hour shift schedules for nurses and technicians.”

This model will create an extremely cohesive and efficient clinical team while also enhancing communication, which maximizes patient safety. Clinical teams for each unit will also contain a peer support specialist who will enhance the patient experience  by providing a real-life model of their own positive recovery experiences, and provide for an enhanced “recovery focused” and “strengths based” approach to patient care.

Alicia Romeo, MD, will be the new medical director.  In this role, she will collaborate with physicians who will serve as team leaders on each of the inpatient units.  She also will care for a small number of patients in the hospital.

In addition, the hospital will incorporate the use of telemedicine as much as possible.  The style of the building is designed to complement the natural beauty of the area and is not institutional in design, look or feel. “All single rooms with hallways flowing to bright and airy common areas promote comfort and a warm and healing environment. There also is a beautiful enclosed outdoor recreation and wellness courtyard which will further enhance the patient experience,” Dr. Gettelman said.

The campus will provide inpatient treatment for adults and outpatient treatment including medication management and psychotherapy for adults, children and adolescents. The care team includes 45 psychiatric nurses, 55 psychiatric technicians, 18 master level therapists, three peer specialists, two pharmacy technicians and six psychiatrists.

Many providers have advanced training and specialize in key areas, including:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Michael Swaney, MD
  • Geriatric Psychiatry: Susan Edwards, MD, and Alicia Romeo, MD
  • Forensic Psychiatry: Kevin Marra, MD
  • Addiction Psychiatry: Nathan Carter, MD
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy: Maria Almeida, MD,  Susan Edwards, MD, and Alicia Romeo, MD