Evans Army Community Hospital, including its Behavioral Health unit, is accredited by the Joint Commission on Health Care. The most recent approval, received in March, cited no requirements for improvement, notes U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Carson, spokesman Roger Meyer.
The unit opened in April 2014 and provides care to Fort Carson soldiers, Air Force airmen, Air Force Academy cadets and other active-duty service members from the Front Range. Starting in February 2015, the unit also serves family members of those on active duty, Meyer says.
As of June 14, the unit had served 789 service members and 32 family members. Average stay has been four to six days. Before the unit opened, members were sent to off-post facilities. Since the unit opened, it's saved taxpayers $2 million, Meyer says.
No incidents of self-harm or violence toward staff or others have been reported since the unit was opened.
The facility has 12 beds but can "surge" to 14. It's staffed by three full-time board-certified psychiatrists, one full-time licensed clinical social worker, 15 registered psychiatric nurses, 13 psychology technicians, as well as part-time clinical and support staff.
Meyer notes that all patients discharged from the behavioral unit are assigned a "continuing care plan" for their next care provider.