Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services

Aurora PavilionAurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services

Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services in Aiken, SC helps bring renewed hope for those who have emotional, behavioral and addiction problems. The 62-bed facility, which opened in 1991, is located on the campus of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, and is an acute-care, crisis stabilization program that offers short-term inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Aurora Pavilion offers individualized treatment services from a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, master’s level clinicians, mental health technicians and recreation therapists. In addition, educational services are offered to children and teens. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to participate in a loved one's recovery so that ongoing support is provided after the patient leaves the program.

Contact and Assessment 

Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services offers a 24-hour, 7-day, free community service called RESPOND® to provide clinical assessments, information and referral assistance for psychiatric and substance abuse problems.

Patients, families and professionals may call 803-641-5900 or 800-273-7911.

If treatment at Aurora Pavilion is not appropriate, a referral is made.

Adult Psychiatric

The Adult Psychiatric Program serves people 18 and older who are suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and other mental health conditions. Patients learn strategies to regulate emotions, improve social and occupational functioning and increase quality of life. Discharge planning services ensure a smooth transition to outside care providers.

Inpatient
As part of the Psychiatric/Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Program, the treatment team provides 24-hour intensive nursing and medical management along with evidence-based therapeutic groups including problem processing, psychoeducation, recreation and music and pet therapies. This integrated treatment approach is focused on providing positive outcomes for patients with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions.

Partial Hospitalization
The Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) allows patients to live at home and receive intensive treatment during the day. Patients meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PHP session topics include relaxation techniques, anger management, stress management, assertiveness training and communication skills. Relapse prevention, medication and illness education are emphasized. PHP offers a smooth transition from inpatient care back to home and provides an effective alternative to inpatient care. 

Intensive Outpatient
The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Educational topics include relaxation techniques, anger management, stress management, assertiveness training and communication skills. Relapse prevention, medication and illness education are emphasized.

Adult Substance Use Disorders

The Adult Substance Use Disorders Program, which serves people 18 and older, provides both inpatient and intensive outpatient programs for people with drug, alcohol or opiate addiction, or dual diagnosis.

Inpatient
The Chemical Dependency/Dual Diagnosis inpatient program includes detoxification with a variety of methods, including medications based on evidence-based practices and evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapies that help patients manage alcohol or drug abuse or addiction. Twenty-four-hour intensive nursing care and physician coverage ensures that withdrawal symptoms are managed effectively, which increases treatment compliance and reduces the risk of relapse. Group and individual counseling are provided, along with a 12-Step program model to help patients acquire new skills and sustain recovery.

Partial Hospitalization
The Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) allows patients to live at home and receive intensive treatment during the day. Patients meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. PHP session topics include relaxation techniques, anger management, stress management, assertiveness training and communication skills. Relapse prevention, medication and illness education are emphasized. PHP offers a smooth transition from inpatient care back to home and provides an effective alternative to inpatient care.

Intensive Outpatient
The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Group therapy and educational sessions focus on relapse prevention, 12-Step orientation and continuing improvement in areas such as relationships and communication.

Senior Adult Services

The Senior Adult Psychiatric Program at the Carolina Center for Behavioral Health serves people 65 and older with depression, anxiety, behavioral disturbances, emotional complications of a medical illness, dementia and early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Twenty-four-hour compassionate nursing care is provided on two secure units: one for independent, high functioning seniors and one for those needing more assistance with their activities of daily living. The program focuses on stabilization and long-term healthy aging strategies, with treatment plans designed to meet the unique mental health challenges of senior adults. Physicians and support staff emphasize compassion and respect for patients. Social workers and therapists provide individual, family and group therapies and discharge planning services. For a needs assessment, contact the Carolina Center.

Child and Adolescent Programs

The Child and Adolescent Program provides treatment and counseling for children and teens ages 5 to 18 who have psychiatric, behavioral and/or dual diagnosis issues. A child or teen's emotional problems may surface at home, at school or among peers. If any of the following is observed in a child or teen, professional help should most likely be sought: Statements or behaviors that pose a danger to oneself or others; unmanageable behavior; depressed mood; severe anxiety; inattention; falling grades; school conflict; hallucinations (visual and/or auditory).

Inpatient
The inpatient program provides 24-hour supervision and care with a focus on stabilization and ongoing support. A multi-disciplinary treatment team focuses on the crisis that precipitated the admission while strengthening the family system. Highly structured individual, group and family therapy sessions are offered. A dedicated, certified teacher is available during school hours to keep the child or teen up to date with school work. Music therapy, pet therapy and recreation therapy are also an integral part of the program. Discharge planning ensures a smooth transition to follow-up with outside care providers.

Partial Hospitalization
The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) consists of group therapy, educational sessions and activity therapy sessions and meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Other program components include weekly sessions with a psychiatrist, individual family sessions as needed and an hour of school time with a certified teacher each day.

ECT

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) may be an effective treatment for those with severe mental illness who are unresponsive to traditional therapy and medication. ECT provides an option for relief of severe depression and thoughts of suicide. There is some evidence that it relieves mania and acute psychosis and sometimes may be life-saving. Aurora Pavilion offers ECT on an inpatient and outpatient basis under the supervision of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and an ECT nursing team. All patient referrals must be medically cleared prior to the initial consultation with Aurora Pavilion staff. Professionals may call the same RESPOND® numbers as families and potential patients, 803-641-5900 or 800-273-7911, to make a referral or talk to an ECT Coordinator.

FAQs, What to Expect

To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers to common queries from patients and families, as well as information on what to bring to a visit or a stay at Aurora Pavilion, please visit this page. We have also provided a downloadable PDF for you to save or print out.

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Our Mission

Aurora Pavilion is committed to providing quality psychiatric evaluation jand treatment services for people affected by emotional stress, mental illness and addictive disease, while also educating their families and the community.

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Meet the Physicians

John A. Allen, MD Behavioral Health Services Aiken Regional Medical Centers
John A. Allen, MD
Board Certification: Psychiatry – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Specialty: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Merry D. DeLeon, MD Behavioral Health Services Aiken Regional Medical Centers
Merry D. DeLeon, MD
Board Certification: Psychiatry
Specialty: Psychiatry

 

John DeWitt, MD Behavioral Health Services Aiken Regional Medical Centers
John DeWitt, MD
Board Certification: Psychiatry and Neurology

 

 

Jaya Merugu, MD Behavioral Health Services Aiken Regional Medical Centers
Jaya Merugu, MD
Board Certification: Psychiatry and Neurology
Specialty: Psychiatry

 

Dr Steiner
David A. Steiner, MD
Board Certification: Psychiatry
Specialties: Psychiatry

 

 

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Meet the CEO

Rachel Ryan, CEO Behavioral Health Services Aiken Regional Medical CentersRachel Ryan
Chief Executive Officer
Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services

 

 

Aiken Regional Medical Centers is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company, that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation.        

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