Above and Beyond

  ASPIRE HOSPITAL: ABOVE & BEYOND   Aspire Hospital is a small 30-bed acute care hospital in Conroe that provides mental health services primarily to Montgomery County, but also responds regularly to requests in helping meet the mental health needs of individuals in nearby counties. Since people commonly emotional, healing and medical needs in addition to mental health needs, Aspire strives to provide services: Above and beyond what psychiatric hospitals tend to offer Above and beyond what state and federal regulations require Above and beyond what Medicare, Medicaid or commercial insurance pays for “Individuals and families in our community need more than the bare minimum treatment traditionally provided for decades by psychiatric hospitals that regulations and insurance requires. At Aspire Hospital, we are dedicated to providing treatment for our patients that is above and beyond the minimum required and establish a new standard in mental health care for our community,” is the commitment of Aspire Hospital’s current senior administrative team. The above and beyond commitment Aspire Hospital has for our patients and community is evidenced by the following 2016 facts: Began providing Community Education Series Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Full days of free depression screenings; which, in 2017, will be expanded to be provided monthly Music therapy Pet therapy Medicaid or community resources. All at no additional charge to patients, families, insurance, Medicare, Dedicated four beds permanently for complex-care (medical-psychiatric) to help minimize the length of time psychiatric patients spend in the overwhelmed emergency rooms (in Montgomery County as well as nearby counties) without the being provided the mental health treatment they so desperately need Established a...

Start Fresh in the New Year

Carol A. Gooch, M.S., LPC, LCDC, LMFT As a mental health professional, I can tell you that some people have difficulty coping with holiday stress and depression, so as soon as the holidays are over, they start to reflect on what they can change for the next year. 2017 can be a great year for you, if you begin thinking about ways to improve your life. A new year is a fresh start and provides the psychological boost needed to set and meet your goals. Many people would benefit by making a few changes to improve their fitness level, diet, weight or general well-being. One or two small changes can make a difference in a person’s health. Health screenings can save lives. Early detection for diseases, such as colon, breast and cervical cancer can improve prognosis dramatically. Screenings to test for diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease should also all be considered. The type of screening needed is based on your age, gender and risk factors for certain conditions. Talk with your doctor to determine what is recommended and make this the year to get screened. Fiber rich foods, such as oatmeal, leafy green vegetables and beans help you feel full longer, decreases the risk of colon cancer and helps keep things moving through the digestive system. Increasing calcium in your diet can help prevent osteoporosis. Good sources of calcium include yogurt, milk, bok choy, broccoli and baked beans. Most people know that exercise can improve their health, but they may not know just how beneficial it can be. Exercise can help lower blood pressure...

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Erica Overshiner, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director at Aspire Behavioral Health Hospital It was a hot, clear afternoon. I was driving back from Houston when I saw traffic slowing to a halt. Much to my terror I had just arrived onto the scene of a horrific accident. There were not even first responders on the scene yet. I got out of my vehicle to try to help, but sadly there was no help to be offered. Every time I tried to fall asleep scenes from the accident overwhelmed my mind. I started having flashbacks during the day, panic attacks, becoming hypervigilant and agitated. As a therapist I understood what was happening to me and needed to seek out a therapist who could help me process this trauma. I looked for someone who had been trained in EMDR. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing  It is a type of psychotherapy that is relatively new. It incorporates bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tactile pulsars etc) to help the brain process the trauma. Since trauma can get “stuck” in non-verbal parts of the brain, the brain needs a nonverbal method to process it. I had been trained in EMDR a number of years ago, and now needed to utilize it myself. I had one 2 hour session with a therapist and my flashbacks and panic attacks dissipated, my sleep returned to normal, and my hypervigilance and agitation disappeared.  While this treatment may not work for everyone, it helped me tremendously. With EMDR the patient doesn’t have to talk at length about the trauma, which makes this method so appealing for the client....

February Community Newsletter

We Aspire for a Better You Welcome to the introductory issue of Aspire’s Community Newsletter! We want to share our objectives, ask for your feedback about the topics featured, and keep you up to date on our company news. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding medical care to the residents and communities we serve and utilizing state-of-the-art technology alongside compassionate and friendly patient care. Our services range from imaging, physical therapy, sleep diagnostics, oncology, and behavioral health. Employee of the Month Avie Johnson- Avie has worked with Aspire Hospital since November 2013 and has been through many changes at Aspire Hospital. She is a dedicated Patient Access Representative and has worked in multiple departments over the last year, including physical therapy and is currently with Huntsville Imaging. Not only has she learned new systems quickly, she’s always willing to help new hires. Coworkers say that Avie’s kindness is natural and patients from other departments still like to drop in to say hello. We appreciate you Avie! Making a Difference In the Month of January Aspire Hospital serviced over 500 Patients! We look forward to helping even more in February! Behavioral Health– 59 Patients Conroe Imaging– 325 Patients Huntsville Imaging– 282 Patients Sleep Center—33 Patients Physical Therapy—37  New Patients Cancer Center and Imaging—97 Patients Dustin Bessire, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Aspire Center for Rehab in Huntsville, recently got the opportunity to work with and treat Lane Johnson, offensive tackle of the Philadelphia Eagles. We wish Lane a speedy recovery! Physician Spotlight Anisa F. Gopalani, MD has been prac- ticing pain medicine for ten years. Dr. Gopalani’s medical education began...