Young Adult Unit Transformation
Our newly-transformed young adult unit, called 1 NorthEast, is now open to individuals aged 18-28 who have been admitted to Spring Harbor Hospital. Prior to this year’s redesign, these patients were situated in the adult or adolescent units. They are now able to receive treatment in a reconfigured 14-bed unit that is better able to meet their needs. The change was prompted by Kasey Moss, DO, MPH who leads the department.
“Young adult patients are unique. Many are experiencing their first psychiatric admission while also navigating the transition away from their families,” said Dr. Moss.
Both Dr. Moss and Ellen Tucceri, the unit’s nurse manager, knew it was important to involve staff with decisions impacting how the unit could provide the best care possible. Feedback they received identified the need for more robust patient groups and staff training to care for this specific population.
To support this work Dr. Moss recruited the help of clinicians throughout the MaineHealth system to lend their expertise in specific areas. Through short, virtual training sessions, staff learned about a wide range of topics that included substance use disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychosis early intervention practices, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and much more.
L-R: Mary Stanton, LMSWcc, Sheila Grant, RN, Kasey Moss, DO, Ellen Tucceri, RN