Medical Director: Maria T. Caserta, MD, PhD
The Adult Psychiatry inpatient unit on 8 East is a treatment, educational and research psychiatric unit serving the
Our unit can hold up to 37 patients, and is staffed by 4 attending physicians, full time psychiatrists who lead treatment teams focused on particular specialty areas: Mood and Anxiety disorders, Psychotic disorders, Neuropsychiatry and Women’s Mental Health, each with significant expertise in each of these areas. We have a skilled team of nurses and mental health counselors and social workers, as well as Occupational and Music Therapists.
The mission of Nursing at the University of Illinois Medical Center is to provide a holistic approach towards optimizing outcomes of our culturally diverse population. We deliver the highest standards of nursing care through evidence-based practice, shared leadership and sensitivity to the uniqueness of each patient and their families. While we welcome ever-changing technology, individual respect and compassion remain at the core of our practice.
Our patient care units have a Dyad Nursing Model consisting of a Nurse Manager and a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Our staff consists of Bachelor’s & Master’s prepared nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Baccalaureate prepared Mental Health Counselors. UIC supports the continuing education of staff and research.
We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes respect, positive communication and collaboration among all team members. Every day we touch the lives of patients, their families and many healthcare disciplines. We are committed to excellence in nursing by creating a culture of lifelong learning that integrates evidence-based practice, research and professional development.
Music and Occupational Therapy:
Music and occupational therapists are also a part of the interdisciplinary treatment teams on 8East. There are 1.5 occupational therapists and 1 occupational therapy assistant who assess patient’s current level of functioning looking particularly at their routine, interests, environment, life roles, process and communication skills as this related to everyday functioning prior to admission. There is a half time music therapist who also provides service to the unit. Together, Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy provide a variety of treatment groups focusing on developing coping skills and positive communication with others, providing recreation/diversion as well as an opportunity for ongoing assessment of functional skills while patients are engaged in activity throughout the hospitalization. Treatment groups are designed to meet individual needs therefore there are some groups for all patients and some referral groups that target individual symptoms.
Some examples of groups are as follows:
The social work team on 8 East is comprised of 4 social workers each of whom contributes their expertise to their respective treatment teams. Social work focuses on psychosocial assessment of each patient and interventions targeted at achieving and maintaining our patient’s stability during and following the hospitalization. We work with the patient to provide education, explore treatment options, strengthen their support network and overcome obstacles to treatment adherence. The social work team on 8 East in committed to adding a psychosocial perspective to the medical model and advocating for patients who struggle with the symptoms of mental illnesses.
Highlights from the Psychiatry Unit
“The multidisciplinary team will develop a therapeutic program consisting of a combination of planned, structured and spontaneous activities which can be both divisional or treatment specific. All staff members need to have an understanding of the rational for engaging in activities to ensure effective support and implementation of this structure”.
8 East Administrative Team
Maria T Caserta, MD,PhD
Barbra Washington, RN
Lori Carr, RN
Sarah Skinner, Med, OTR/L
Veronica Stefanek, LCSW