Doctors Hospital of Sarasota October 04, 2017

Sarasota, Fl — People seeking ongoing treatment after being hospitalized for a mental health issue or looking for alternatives to inpatient treatment now have more options. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is launching Transitions at Doctors Hospital. The new program will offer a calm, serene and inviting environment that provides psychotherapy and psychoeducation in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP.) It is designed for people with mental illnesses like major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or experiencing symptoms of significant grief and loss.

"There is a huge need for this treatment option. We have patients who need continuation of treatment to ensure success after they leave the hospital, but there are very limited options. Now we have a premier specialty program for patients to continue their recovery," said Michael Fitzgerald, RN, BSN- Director of Behavioral Health at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

Transitions will be located in the Medical Office Building on the campus of Doctors Hospital. It compliments Serenity Place at Doctors Hospital. Serenity Place is the only voluntary acute care geriatric behavioral health program in the area. It opened in 2012 and serves patients aged 50 and older who need acute care mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment.

Transitions will serve not just older adults, but younger adults as well. People 18 years and older who require intensive treatment, that do not meet the standard for inpatient care, may be eligible. Most insurances are accepted and all patients will work with trained clinical staff including a Psychiatrist, licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians. The program is completely voluntary for patients to participate in. Psychiatrists Dr. Thomas Best, MD and Dr. Vladimir Einisman, MD will oversee the program.