The Inpatient Adult Psychiatry Service, based at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI), provides an atmosphere that is conducive to facilitating patient recovery. A therapeutic milieu with a high staff-to-patient ratio is maintained with an intensive treatment program provided by an interdisciplinary team of staff psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, nurses, and psychiatric assistants. Care is coordinated with referring therapists, physicians, and community agencies to assure maximum community involvement and continuity of care for patients once they are discharged. The facility is also equipped to perform ECT. Patients are referred through a variety of sources including inpatient units and emergency departments of the "parent" hospitals (Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health), other hospitals or emergency departments, crisis centers, community agencies, physicians and outpatient therapists.
PPI is the only university affiliated inpatient psychiatric unit in central Pennsylvania, which provides residents with valuable experience in managing complex cases and dealing with patients from various backgrounds. This is a structured rotation designed to develop residents' skills in comprehensive multidimensional psychiatric care, including pharmacotherapy, a variety of supportive therapies and acute psychiatric interventions. Residents also participate in family therapy sessions in order to assist patients and their families. Exposure to the forensic side of psychiatry is provided through participation in commitment hearings that take place on site at PPI.
As a supplement to the PPI Inpatient rotation, first year residents also serve a two month rotation at the VA Lebanon adult inpatient facility, where they have the opportunity to follow patients from initial arrival in the emergency department through admission/discharge.