Hospital Adjusts ER To Serve Unique Needs Of Those With Mental Health Issues
Emergency and behavioral health treatment at St. Joseph is also expected to improve even more with a combined $13 million-plus fundraising effort to expand facilities for mentally ill ER patients.
Orange County Register:
Orange Hospital Builds New Kind Of Emergency Room For Growing Mentally Ill Population
Most hospital emergency care centers are ordered chaos — a kid with a broken leg and a worried parent in one room, a mountain biker with a concussion in another, a muttering and bleeding homeless man in a third. But at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange — one of the busiest ERs in Orange County — there now are two separate emergency areas that administrators say allows all patients to receive faster triage while providing mentally ill patients with tailored, comprehensive treatment. (Whiting, 6/23)