Jan 3, 2019
By Jane Rogan
Tucked away from the cross-town traffic, off Fulton Road in West Santa Rosa, is a dedicated mental health hospital and Outpatient Program Center situated on 10 grassy, tree-lined acres.
Since 2013, when Aurora Santa Rosa [ASR] opened, the facility has offered a full range of mental health services including 95 available beds for those in need. Thirty-eight of those beds are dedicated to adolescent-only units.
This is a very nice facility. CEO, Susan Rose, has been at Aurora since 2015. She is a detail-oriented executive with a keen and watchful eye on her operations.The hospital ambiance is warm while also being clean, simple and functional.
On a tour of the facility, you see in the patient units long chalkboard walls with positive, thoughtful comments and upbeat artwork. The Art Therapy room walls are covered with patient artwork reflecting their individual work and exercises. Morning, afternoon and evening programs are offered; gym time, outdoor time; rest time.
Class rooms are filled with groups run by skilled and licensed staff covering topics from Substance Abuse to Medication Management.
The Outpatient Programs side has the relaxing feel of rooms made for work on oneself: an open-door lounge, a small kitchen for snacks, classrooms for more clinical-sounding programs like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT], Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [DBT] and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT].
Stanford Medicine Collaboration with Aurora Santa Rosa
Stanford Medicine and ASR are working in collaboration to develop programs answering the needs of families traumatized by the Northern California wildfires. The work will begin with interviews, followed by a “needs analysis” of the population. For more information, go to www.aurorasantarosa.com or see the information provided below:
If you are interested in participating in the study, contact:
Cynthia Kane Hyman CNS RN
Director of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement
Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital1-707-800-7700
*All individuals will be given a $25 gift certificate for their participation in the study.
Beginning January 2019, Aurora will host monthly Lunch & Learn Education Classes on a wide variety of topics relevant to Marriage, Family Therapists and Licensed Social Workers. Lunch & Learn presentations will be held either the 3rd or 4th week of each month.
The first program, “LGBTQ+: Pronouns, Language and Coming Out,” will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 12:30 to 2:00 at the Aurora Santa Rosa campus.
The presentation will be conducted by Laurel Holmstrom-Keyes and Jordan Grapetine fromSonoma State University’s Safe Zone program. Safe Zone provides supportive programming for the LGBTQ+ community at SSU.
Lunch will be served at the presentation. The cost to attend is $10.00. Call 707-800-7700 to make a reservation. Following the presentation, tours of the facility will be given for those who are interested.
In June of this year the ground was broken on a significant building expansion for the hospital, which will double the size of its Outpatient Program adding 3500 square feet.
By October 2019, Aurora will add 49 beds and become a 144-bed mental health hospital. A beautiful outdoor space will be enhanced to accommodate the new Equine Therapy program, which is expected to begin in the Fall.
Aurora Santa Rosa accepts adult and adolescent patients for an average stay of 9 days. People are referred to ASR from most counties throughout Northern and Central California. While Aurora accepts most health insurance coverage, they also accept many patients on MediCal or patients with no insurance.
Upon entering the hospital, patients are first assessed by licensed clinicians. Within 24 hours, a treatment team is assigned to each person admitted. The team consists of a Psychiatrist, Social Worker, RN, Mental Health Workers, and Activity Therapist. The #1 goal for this treatment team is to guide the patient towards full participation in their own recovery plan.
Confidential assessments and admissions are conducted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Contact the Patient Services Helpline today at 877-717-0085 if you or a loved one requires mental health treatment.
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