Avera St. Luke’s Mental Health Unit Frequently Asked Questions
We want to Maximize Your Treatment
What Is Our Purpose as a Mental Health Treatment Facility?
It is our philosophy at Avera St. Luke’s, and as members of Avera Health, that everyone is entitled to the best care possible. Today, hospitalization is sometimes preferred or necessary for treatment of various psychiatric conditions. Our intent is to provide you with a high degree of independence by encouraging expression of feelings and by giving you full protection of your patient rights. To achieve this, it is important that the entire treatment program and goals are understood by you, as well as by the staff.
What Can You Expect During Your Stay?
Since this may be your first experience with a mental health facility, it is natural for you to have questions about our policies and procedures. The main objective of our Mental Health Unit is to provide an environment that will help to maximize your treatment as directed by your physician. Read more about what to expect upon arrival
What if I Don't Agree With Treatment and Facility Policies?
The cooperation between you and your physician and our staff is important in ensuring the most effective treatment. It also helps to shorten the length of time you will need to spend in the hospital. If at any time you disagree with the plan or policies, please feel free to discuss this with your physician or another staff member. And remember, your doctor will not be offended if you request a second opinion.
What Are My Rights as a Patient?
If you have any concerns about your rights or privileges while here, do not hesitate to talk with your physician, the staff or a legal representative if that seems appropriate.
Will Medical Students Participate in My Care?
Avera St. Luke's is a teaching hospital, and students may be present, under the direction of your physician, during the diagnostic and treatment process.
Contact Avera St. Luke's Behavioral Health Services at 605-622-5552.