U of L Hospital

Psychiatric Services

The Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the University of Louisville Hospital treats acutely ill adult and geriatric patients. The unit offers a wide range of services aimed at working collaboratively with people who have psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, psychosis, depression and schizophrenia. Staff members are trained to treat suicidal patients and help those with substance abuse problems.

University Hospital’s Inpatient Psychiatry services include:

  • Acute crisis stabilization
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Group/individual therapy
  • Acute substance abuse detoxification
  • Behavior management
  • Medical management
  • Treatment of acute psychiatric symptoms

The recently renovated unit features 20 beds, including eight private and six semi-private rooms. Numerous safety features have been implemented to provide a secure environment for patients, visitors and staff.

The objectives of Inpatient Psychiatry are to:

  • Provide a safe, least-restrictive environment
  • Provide a culture of structure, calmness, negotiation and collaboration
  • Advocate for patients
  • Be sensitive to the developmental needs of the individual and family
  • Involve the patient and the family as a system in goal-directed care
  • Prepare the patient for optimal functioning after discharge

Emergency Psychiatry Services

Included under the psychiatric services offered at University Hospital is Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS). University Hospital’s EPS is the region’s only specialty emergency room dedicated to the care, treatment and stabilization of patients with psychiatric disorders. The staff serves as a crisis intervention team to stabilize patients in emergency situations. EPS has two areas: treatment observation and a 23-hour short stay unit.

The Treatment Observation Room is the psychiatric emergency room, and the 23-hour observation unit is for patients who require further stabilization before being discharged or transferred to the inpatient unit or another facility. EPS is also able to check in patients directly instead of via the main emergency room.

University Hospital’s psychiatry staff members recognize the emotional as well as the physical symptoms associated with psychiatric disorders. If you need to speak with someone from Inpatient Psychiatry, please call (502) 562-4680, or call (502) 562-3120 to reach Emergency Psychiatric Services.