Behavioral Health

Adult Inpatient Services

University Medical Center's Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit provides compassionate care to adults who are in need of short-term hospitalization for crisis intervention, assessment and symptom stabilization. Patients are placed on the therapeutic unit that would be of most benefit for their condition.

Our therapeutic units have the ability to address every patient’s needs, including:

  • Comprehensive physical and psychological assessments/evaluations
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Medication management
  • Comprehensive discharge planning

Therapeutic units

The 30-bed Acute Stabilization Units provide primarily care for patients with illnesses such as Schizophrenia and can deliver specialized care in First Episode Psychosis. Patients are provided close follow up as they recover.

The 15-bed Mood Disorders Unit provides specialized care for patients with mood disorders such as Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Electroconvulsive therapy is available for treatment resistant conditions for inpatients as well as for outpatient follow-up. Learn more about this treatment in our brochure.

The 15-bed Addiction Disorders Unit provides comprehensive care for patients who have an addiction disorder and concurrent psychiatric disorder such as depression or anxiety. Follow up rehabilitative care with our community partners is ensured.

Visitor guidelines

All visitors must first check in with Hospital Public Safety and obtain a visitor’s pass. Visitor's passes are issued only to visitors who have the correct patient identification number. Your visitor's pass must be worn at all times and visible to staff on the unit to gain entrance. Visitor passes must be returned to Public Safety when the visit is completed. If calling to inquire about a patient in this unit, you must provide the patient identification number.

Visiting hours

Weekdays (excluding holidays): 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Weekends: 1 – 3 p.m.

Training programs

As an Academic Medical Center, University Medical Center supports training for future Behavioral Health care givers from LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. To learn more about these programs, please visit the following sites for information:

LSU Health New Orleans

Tulane University School of Medicine

Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).