Behavioral Medicine


  • The Center for Behavioral Medicine at Memorial University Medical Center provides compassionate care for mental health and addiction disorders. Our inpatient program is accredited by The Joint Commission. To make a referral or request an assessment, call our 24-hour access line at 912-350-3023.

    Mental Health Treatment

    The Center for Behavioral Medicine addresses the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of people with mental health disorders. Our goal is to help patients deal with their illness and return to a better life. Our mental health team is led by the patient's attending psychiatrist and includes nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, case managers, recreation therapists, mental health technicians, and other specialists who may be consulted as needed. Daily activities include group and individual therapy, recreation, leisure time, physical fitness activities, nutritious meals, life skills training, and time alone for contemplation and reflection. Patients are encouraged to participate in the full range of program options and are given support and encouragement for their efforts.

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    Adult Psychiatric Services

    The inpatient unit is a program for people age 18 and older who have a primary psychiatric illness that may be coupled with substance abuse issues. The program seeks to stabilize the patient and provide necessary skills to prepare him or her for an optimal level of functioning. The professionals at the Center for Behavioral Medicine provide intensive treatment to help our patients achieve mental, physical, emotional, and social wholeness.

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    Medical-Psychiatric Program

    Our medical-psychiatric unit is the only psychiatric program in the area dedicated to serving adult patients with acute dual medical and psychiatric diagnoses. Our program is designed to care for patients who cannot be admitted to a general psychiatric unit because they require additional medical therapies such as wound care, telemetry, intravenous fluids, or urinary catheters. With psychiatric symptoms such as suicide risk or psychosis, these individuals receive greater therapeutic benefit in this specialized program compared to a standard medical unit.

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    Psychiatric Assessment Team (PAT)

    Our psychiatric assessment team consists of experienced registered nurses in the emergency department at Memorial University Medical Center and in the Center for Behavioral Medicine. They are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to quickly evaluate, assess, and refer emergency patients in need of psychiatric assistance. The team also provides emotional support for patients and families.

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    Facilities

    Our facilities are located on the campus of Memorial University Medical Center. The medical-psychiatric program is located in a 10-bed inpatient unit in the hospital. The 26-bed adult inpatient unit is adjacent to Memorial University Medical Center in the Clark Building.

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    Contact Information

    Center for Behavioral Medicine

    Memorial University Medical Center
    5002 Waters Avenue
    Savannah, GA 31404
    912-350-3023

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