Behavioral Health Unit


The Behavioral Health Unit provides treatment, in a safe environment, for patients who may be experiencing acute behavioral health symptoms requiring hospitalization and stabilization. A variety of treatment options are available to best meet each patient’s need.

The unit accommodates 10 patients, ages 18 and older. Admission is by physician referral only.

The Behavioral Health Unit provides:

  • Psychiatric and Medical Treatment
  • Nursing Services
  • Social Services
  • Medication Management/Education
  • Interdisciplinary Assessment/Evaluation
  • Chemical Dependency Assessment/Referral
  • Individual/Group/Family Therapy
  • Patient/Family Education
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Discharge Planning

The Behavioral Health Unit Team works closely with the psychiatrists at The Center for Psychiatric Health:

  • Pravesh Basnet, MD Medical Director, Behavioral Health Unit
  • Kamna Handa, MD
  • Sheila Thomas, MD
  • Barb Smith, RN, Nurse Manager, Behavioral Health Unit

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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