Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital recently welcomed members of the Sheriff’s Mental Evaluation Team (MET) to the hospital campus for a meeting.
Members of the hospital staff who were on hand to greet the Sheriff’s team included: Roger E. Seaver, President and CEO, Cary Quashen, Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Unit; Arjun Reyes, MD, Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Unit; Penny Hamer, RN, Director of the Behavioral Health Unit; Rita Real, RN, Interim Clinical Manager of the Behavioral Health Unit; Debbie Rheinfurth, RN and Michael Perez, RN, both Clinical Coordinators and frontline supervisors for the Behavioral Health Unit.
The Sheriff’s MET was given a virtual tour of the Behavioral Health Unit – the BHU – to be able to see the facility amenities where patients are admitted and treated. Located on the first level of the hospital’s pavilion building, the BHU is a Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) designated acute psychiatric care facility that offers 24/7 in-patient treatment.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital helps many patients in psychological crisis each year in a warm, friendly, safe and confidential environment. The behavioral healthcare team is among the most experienced in the behavioral health field and is specially trained in emergency procedures and crisis intervention. The BHU works in tandem with Henry Mayo’s emergency room, nursing department and community partners, such as the Sheriff’s MET, to treat and positively affect patients’ lives.
“It is an honor and a privilege for us to have MET here on our campus,” said Cary Quashen, Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Unit. “I believe that the combined efforts of what MET does and what we do at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, literally saves lives.”