Behavioral Health Services Overview

SMC’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit is a 26-bed, safe and secure place where people can receive the treatment they need to move beyond their immediate behavorial health or substance abuse crisis.

The new Unit features open and communal space to promote interaction and reduce isolation, and offers areas for group meetings. Our patient-centered behavioral health services include: comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment, one-on-one intervention and psychiatric stabilization/medication management.

For general information about the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and additional Behavioral Health Services, call 856-469-8521. For psychiatric emergencies or admittance, call 856-299-3001.

FAQs

How will the community benefit from SMC’s Behavioral Health Services?

The 21,000-square-foot voluntary Unit is a great mental health resource for our community. While there are numerous reasons why a person might need care in an inpatient psychiatric setting, generally people are admitted because their symptoms are serious and unstable, often requiring supervision in a safe environment.

This setting provides a safe, secure place where individuals with behavioral health issues can receive compassionate treatment to move beyond the immediate crisis. The new Unit features open and communal space to promote interaction and reduce isolation, and offers areas for group meetings. Our patient-centered behavioral health services include: Comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment, one-on-one intervention and psychiatric stabilization/medication management.

The opening of the Unit was highly anticipated by community leaders such as law enforcement, local government officials, and health/behavioral health professionals. The Unit connects individuals to much-needed professional mental health support and services in a safe environment.

Why would a patient need Behavioral Health Services?

There are many reasons why a person may need care in an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. In general, people are admitted because their symptoms are serious or unstable. They often need a setting to help forget about the distractions of life, allowing them to focus on physical and psychological healing.

The main goal of the Unit is to provide a safe, secure place where people can receive treatment to move beyond the immediate crisis.

What types of mental health conditions are treated?

Our team works to diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health conditions from depression to acute mood and anxiety disorders to post traumatic stress disorder. Inpatient care is the most intensive level of treatment for individuals suffering from behavioral health disorders. It offers 24-hour care in a safe and secure environment, making it best for patients who experience an acute episode.

What is the makeup of the clinical team?

The Unit is led by our medical director, Bradford Bobrin, MD, FASAM. As Medical Director, Dr. Bobrin is responsible for the everyday operations, the medical staff, and care of each patient on the Unit.

Saida Abdul-Aziz, DHA.c, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN, FCN is the Unit Nurse Director and is responsible for clinical, educational, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all components of behavioral health services at SMC.

The Unit has a fully supported, multidisciplinary treatment team, including representation from psychiatry, nursing, mental health therapists, rehabilitation therapists, social work, and case management.

What is SMC’s background in the behavioral health field?

Since the early 1980s, SMC has served as the county’s designated psychiatric screening site. This screening is often the first step when dealing with psychiatric emergencies. The opening of the Unit provides the next step in the continuum of care.

In addition to the Inpatient Unit, are there other behavioral health services offered?

Yes. We are partnering with Legacy Treatment Services to provide outpatient behavioral health services on the grounds of Salem Medical Center. Legacy operates outpatient care to ensure continuity of care for individuals being discharged from the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, as well as an outpatient resource to meet the needs of the community.

Medical Director
Bradford Bobrin, MD, FASAM

Bradford Bobrin, MD, FASAM, will serve as the Medical Director, responsible for the everyday operations, the medical staff, and care of each patient on the Unit.

Dr. Bobrin comes to SMC most recently from AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center where he served as Director of Addiction Medicine. He also operates a private practice, South Jersey Comprehensive Mental Health LLC, out of Cinnaminson, NJ.

Dr. Bobrin received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, where he graduated with honors. He completed his residency in psychiatry at UMass/Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA, and completed a fellowship in consultation psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Bobrin is certified in psychiatry through the America Board of Preventative Medicine, and certified in addiction medicine through the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also certified in pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He was named a Top Doc in Addiction Psychiatry by SJ Magazine in 2016.

As Medical Director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Dr. Bobrin is looking forward to presenting psychiatry in a true evidence-based way to the hospital and the community.

“There is much misunderstanding about psychiatry, and I hope to be able to clear these issues to the hospital and the community,” he said. “This service will benefit the community by showing that people with mental illness — for the most part — look like everyone else. And then, our hope is that people feeling the stigma of mental illness, but not receiving treatment, will now be able to get the treatment that they need.”

To contact Dr. Bobrin, email him at bbobrin@smc.health.

Nurse Director
Saida S. Abdul-Aziz, DHA.c, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN, FCN

Saida S. Abdul-Aziz, DHA.c, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN, FCN, is responsible for clinical, educational, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all components of behavioral health services at SMC.

Abdul-Aziz comes to SMC most recently from Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania in Reading, PA, where she served as Nursing House Supervisor, and Quba Institute, Philadelphia, PA, where she was Director of Health Services.

She is currently completing her dissertation for a Doctor of Health Administration at University of Phoenix where she received a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.

Abdul-Aziz also holds post-Masters’ certificates in Nonprofit Management from University of Pennsylvania, Writing Across the Curriculum from Alvernia University, and Faith Community Nursing from Westberg Institute at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Allentown, PA.

Since receiving her first nursing degree in 1976, Abdul-Aziz has spent the past 44 years starting and leading units, shifts, and programs in the USA and a nursing department in Cairo, Egypt. She also served as nursing faculty and a course coordinator for Bezmialem Vakif University in Istanbul, Turkey; Alvernia University in Reading PA; and for the European Union as Exchange Faculty at St. George University in London, England and Vigo University, Spain.

To contact Abdul-Aziz, email her at sabdulaziz@smc.health.

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