The NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division has a history of groundbreaking work. We are fully equipped to handle any psychiatric nursing issue from crisis to continuing treatment—from the youngest patient to the most elderly. Our teams work with some of the foremost psychiatrists in the country. We focus our expertise and intuition in a peaceful, expansive campus environment.
Our contributions have helped shape treatment methodologies for a broad range of conditions. Some of our unique treatment facilities include The Haven and The Retreat. The Haven is an inpatient program offering advanced psychiatric care for adults in a discreet, pastoral setting. The Retreat offers similar spa-like surroundings, providing a retreat for patients focusing on substance abuse and addiction recovery. Many of our departments are also Planetree certified, serving as a global catalyst for holistic care.
Our disciplines are led by world-renowned experts for a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses. These include personality disorders, eating disorders, geriatric psychiatry, addiction recovery, anxiety and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and child and adolescent psychiatry. In this environment, you’ll have the opportunity to join groundbreaking research and behavioral studies. As one of the top teaching hospitals in our discipline, our continuing education opportunities are plentiful.
Our facilities are impressively tailored to meet all patient needs. For example, on-site school programs provide accredited instruction for our child and adolescent inpatients, as well as day hospital students. Additionally, we offer The Women’s Program, a unique inpatient treatment service for women seeking short-term intensive care for acute psychiatric disorders. This unit offers a collaborative environment through an innovative group-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program.
We’re constantly pioneering new fields of care—exploring new and relevant ways to meet the needs of patients and families. In 2009, we opened our Center for Eating Disorders. In 2013, our 11,000-square-foot Center for Autism and the Developing Brain will open its doors to the public.
We’re located on 214 beautiful acres in suburban Westchester County, New York. With over 250 inpatient beds, we have numerous intermediate care programs and extensive outpatient services. Our picturesque campus has been the home for psychiatric care, research and training since 1894. We’re composed of many historic buildings and houses, along with beautiful gardens and wooded areas. We also host an employee fitness center, golf course and an outdoor swimming pool.
FIRST WORDS Project
The FIRST WORDS Project is a research study being conducted at our expanding Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (scheduled to open in 2013). The goal of this landmark study is to identify early red flags of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorders and communication delays in children under 24 months of age. Through our research, we aim to improve early detection of communication disorders by maximizing the role of the family.
Planetree Model of Care
Planetree is a healthcare philosophy that facilitates efforts to create patient-centered healing environments. Simply put: We make hospital environments feel less like a classic hospital. Less fluorescent-lit mazes and more personable, cozy atmospheres. It’s a professional patient approach. We believe that caregiving is best achieved by demystifying and humanizing the process for patients and families.
NYP/Westchester is the first psychiatric nursing facility in the nation to be recognized as a “Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital.” This signifies that the hospital has successfully incorporated the Planetree approach (in broader support of We Put Patients First). This prestigious honor recognizes NYP/Westchester as leader in “patient-centeredness across the continuum of care.”
Profiles in Care
Matthew Soares, Security Sergeant, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division
Sgt. Matthew Soares climbs into a white NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital security SUV and begins his patrol. At a deliberately measured pace, he drives the narrow, winding roads that encircle the pastoral Westchester campus, keeping an alert eye out for trespassers.
His job: ensuring the safety the patients and staff at this world-renowned facility. The supervisor for the 4 p.m. to midnight shift, Sgt. Soares leads a team of three or four security officers.
“Security is a small department and we work together to get things done,” says Soares. “Our major goal is to make sure the grounds are safe for our patients and staff during the evening hours.”
When there is a psychiatric emergency, he’s there to help resolve the conflict. When patients visit the evaluation center, he’s there to log in their personal belongings. When patients are admitted, he offers words of encouragement.
“It feels good when I can help out as much as possible,” he says. An eight-year employee of NYP, Sgt. Soares can’t see himself working anywhere else. “It’s like a family here,” he says. “This campus is beautiful. It’s kind of a hidden oasis.”
Born with a difficult disease, congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia, Gabriella came to NYP where Dr. Vitale and his team were able to save her leg and quality of life.