ABOUT BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE AT THE GERALD CHAMPION REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Located in Alamogordo, N.M., about half an hour from White Sands National Monument, the Behavioral Medicine unit of the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults struggling with mental health disorders. There is also an acute inpatient unit designed specifically for older adults with a primary psychiatric diagnosis.
According to the facility’s website, the center’s mission is “to provide quality care that stresses the importance of Dignity, Respect, Confidentiality, and helping the individual achieve an optimal level of functioning.”
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center’s website indicates the programs are designed for older adults who are struggling from an emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorder. The facility’s IOP meets Monday through Friday and conducts its services in the “least restrictive environment” possible, according to hospital’s website.
Treatment is evidence-based and components of the program include individual counseling, group therapy, and family therapy. Educational workshops focus on stress management, health and wellness training, grief and loss resolution, and developing conflict resolution skills, communications skills, and coping techniques. Medication management is provided if needed.
The center encourages family and friends to participate in treatment and educational programs.
The center’s website indicated, the treatment team includes a psychiatrist, master’s level clinicians, and mental health providers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the four people polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing on the center’s accommodations and amenities gave the center four out of five stars.
Also, one former client and one loved one noted they wished the hospital offered private rooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the three alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, two provided negative reviews, while one former client left positive feedback.
The one alumni who had a positive experience at the center gave it five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, for treatment effectiveness, the center’s program for, and when asked about the staff’s level of experience and training. Yet, the alum did mention they wished they had a private room.
The two other alumni offered much more negative feedback and awarded the hospital just one and two stars respectively for its treatment effectiveness. “In a word, awful,” wrote one extremely displease alum, while the other told Best-rehabs.com that they believed just about every aspect of the facility was a weakness.
The Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center as a whole received an average rating of 2.5 out of five stars based on 33 Google reviews at the time of this writing.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one loved one surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility a mostly positive review. They gave it four out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness and its staff’s level of training and experience. The loved one also gave the center five stars when asked if they would recommend the facility. Their one complaint was the lack of private rooms.
According to the facility’s website, some commercial insurance is accepted, as is Medicaid and Medicare. Financial assistance is available to uninsured clients who qualify.
Updated April 2017