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Unit has been caring for area population since 1989
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — There is renewed HOPE at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center in Okmulgee.
On March 1, the doors were opened to the public for the first time on the newly remodeled HOPE Behavioral Health Unit.
HOPE is an inpatient behavioral crisis hospital designed specifically for senior citizens trying to cope with depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, medication management issues or an exacerbation of a previously diagnosed mental illness.
“It’s a great addition to our hospital,” MCNMC COO Tim Hicks said. “It’s going to create additional revenue for the hospital to be able to update our facilities and be able to invest money back in.”
Hicks also mentioned the high demand for the emergency room and the newly remodeled unit and its 16 beds being able to alleviate some of the pressure on the ER.
“Any hospital you go to, your ER is obviously your front door and we work very hard here to keep our wait times low and to get patients in and out,” Hicks said. “We see over 1,300 patients a month in our ER here. A lot of these patients come in with behavior issues or suicide ideation. This facility helps to get them the care that they need, while helping our ER.”
The HOPE Unit accepts Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurances and Native American citizens. There are 16 crisis beds available and placement inquiries are taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The number to call for questions or to inquire about placing a patient is: 918-758-5515. If you are having suicidal thoughts, go to MCNMC or the nearest emergency room to you for immediate assistance.