Now more than ever, Dominion Hospital is here for you, and you have choices!
Dominion Hospital is proud to continue to serve our community, and we are here to keep you safe. The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic is a time for concern, but not a time for panic. During this time of social distancing, quarantine, and uncertainty, now is when many need critical mental health treatment more than ever. Dominion Hospital stands ready to meet your behavioral health care needs by continuing to offer a full continuum of care, including: inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and now virtual programs.
In-person behavioral health care
Sometimes you are needing to talk to a real person and go to a real brick-and-mortar building to receive care. We know this, and all of our programs and levels of care continue to offer live, in-person programming. We remain open and accepting patients via traditional, direct admission, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Face-to-face level of care assessments are still available by appointment. To make an appointment, call us at (703) 538-2872. Of course, we are going to significant lengths to ensure your safety. To learn more about some of the ways that we are keeping our patients and staff safe, please visit our Coronavirus Preparedness page.
Virtual level of care assessments
Some people may have become fearful of hospitals due to a perceived threat of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Many traditional hospital emergency rooms have seen a marked reduction in visits, and we have even heard examples of people putting off visits despite the need for care. To address this concern, in addition to being able to bypass an emergency room and calling us directly as explained above, we now offer Virtual Level of Care Assessments. How does this work? Simply call our 24/7 intake team at (703) 538-2872. Our intake team will ask for a name and email address, and then send a link to a secure portal. The individual will sign into the portal, and connect via video conference to begin the assessment. Once level-of-care is determined, Dominion's intake team will instruct the individual on next steps to receive care.
In additional to offering inpatient, partial, and intensive outpatient levels of care, Dominion Hospital is pleased to add a fourth level of care to our continuum. Several of our outpatient programs are now offering virtual programming, allowing an individual to participate in partial or intensive outpatient groups from the comfort and safety of their own home via a secure, HIPAA compliant telebehavioral health platform. To learn more about our virtual programs, please call our Assessment and Referral Department at (703) 538-2872.
This is a challenging time for all of us. Despite the stress, anxiety, and disruption you may be experiencing, Dominion Hospital is here for you. As we navigate changes to everyday life due to COVID-19, please know that your mental health remains our priority.
As the threat from the COVID-19 virus is amplified, so too are our efforts to reach more people and communities in need. That’s why we continue to offer new ways to assure uninterrupted compassionate care for your patients’ behavioral health wellness. We understand these are stressful times with challenging weeks ahead.
We would like to offer our support to our healthcare colleagues across the Commonwealth by assisting in the management of behavioral health patients. This will allow our medical/surgical hospitals to better manage their inpatient beds for COVID-19 related illnesses.
We are making sure that both our behavioral health patients and staff are as safe as possible. Our inpatient behavioral health units are masking all staff, patients, and visitors. We are also checking patient temperatures twice per day on inpatient units and daily before starting our outpatient programs. Patients who are COVID symptomatic or who have a change in medical status during admission are transferred to our medical floors for safe treatment and psychiatric co-management.
We are excited to announce the new option to participate virtually in our Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs. For our community behavioral health partners, government partners, and provider partners, this means patients will continue to receive needed treatment in a format that makes sense given the COVID-19 pandemic. It also means less crowded emergency rooms and more options to help our state psychiatric hospitals manage appropriate census levels.
Here is how the telebehavioral program will serve our patients:
- Deliver expert clinical care to those that are unable to continue in person treatment
- Utilize WebEx Meetings, a secure HIPAA-compliant platform that is easy to use for both the provider and patient
- Ensure patient confidentiality with an informed consent for treatment
- Establish a plan for psychiatric emergencies that may present during a telehealth visit reviewed with every patient before each session
- Reduce potential exposure to viral pathogens, while maintaining patients’ connection to others
- Evaluation for clinical appropriateness will include staff training and technology set up for patients
Patients that are appropriate for virtual group setting will need:
- Access to laptop, tablet, or mobile device
- Ability to download the WebEx Meetings app
- Ability to navigate tele-platform and cell data or WIFI access