Meridian Star

January 30, 2013

Horizons Geri-Psych Center meets needs of seniors

By Ida Brown /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     As Meridian's senior population continues to grow, so will their medical needs.

    Anderson Regional Medical Center-South has expanded its services to offer geriatric-psychiatric care with the opening of Horizons Geri-Psych Center.

    "The elderly population is increasing and they have a diverse array of needs that are also increasing," said Dr. Terry Jordan, the center's psychiatrist and medical director.

    Horizons Geri-Psych Center specializes in the emotional, mental and behavioral care of adults 65 years and older. Located on the fifth floor of the Main Hospital Building at Anderson-South, the confidential program provides comprehensive mental and physical evaluation, coping skills training and therapy, as well as medication management to residents of East Mississippi and West Alabama.

    "Patients receive an individualized treatment plan that includes group and individual therapies – some recreational, skills training, social skills ...some are meant to explore their level of cognition and the like," Jordan said.

    "And patients get to interact with their peers of similar ages and experiences. We also try to target and focus some of their issues and problems in the areas of emotional and behavioral disturbances. There's also a lot of discharge planning; we also involve the family," he said.

    In addition to Jordan, the staff is made up of a qualified team of medical professionals which includes: primary care physicians, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, registered nurses, recreational therapists and allied health professionals.

    "Our goal is to provide short-term compassionate, comprehensive care in a secure setting," Jordan said. "It's all for the patient, and about the patient."

    The 16-bed unit helps those with mental, emotional or behavioral problems such as depression, sadness, changes in sleep patterns, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, inability to cope with daily life, giving up on life, unresolved grief, suicidal thoughts, changes in eating habits, exaggerated fears and anxieties, combative or disordered behavior and other related conditions.

    "Our mission at Anderson Regional Medical Center is to continue improving the quality of life for the people we serve," said John Anderson, administrator of Anderson-South. "The addition of this service line is just another example of our commitment to our community."

    Referrals may be made by family members, physicians, nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities, social workers, case managers and any other involved party. Questions or referrals should be directed to Sharon Davis, RN,MSN, PMHNP-BC, program director, by calling (601) 703-5560.

    For more information about Horizons Geri-Psych Center or other services offered by Anderson Regional Medical Center, visit the Website