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  • A Letter from Richard J. Goldberg, MD

    Lifespan’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Service offers a full range of services to address the mental, emotional and behavioral problems that occur throughout life.

    The programs encompass a comprehensive view of mental health that includes and integrates the biological, psychological and social dimensions of care. Our service line spans and integrates the activities of Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital, Newport Hospital and Gateway Healthcare. 

    We are also strongly committed to the integration of behavioral health with the mainstream of medical care.

    To provide the most effective patient care and to promote new knowledge, we are also committed to a leadership role in mental health research and education through our faculty participation in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, considered among the outstanding academic departments of psychiatry in the United States.

    Our programs in fiscal year 2013 brought in nearly $22 million in external research funding. We provide major training programs for residents in both adult and child psychiatry, as well as in a triple board program that also includes pediatrics. In addition, our programs are a highly sought-after national site for training of psychology residents and postdoctoral fellows.

    The Department of Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital is one of the leading general hospital clinical, educational and research programs in the nation. Activities at Rhode Island Hospital include the full spectrum of psychiatric services for adults and children. 

    In addition to a psychiatric emergency program, which sees almost 10,000 visits each year, there are inpatient services for adults, a specialized geriatric unit, and psychiatric-pediatric programs that link to inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient care.  The Rhode Island Hospital psychiatry program employs more than 95 full-time doctoral level psychiatrists and psychologists. 

    The Miriam Hospital program is nationally recognized for expertise in the fields of behavioral medicine and geriatrics.  The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine are one of Lifespan’s most successful research enterprises, with nationally renowned faculty in areas including weight management, exercise and management of high risk behaviors leading to health problems.  We expect this behavioral medicine capability to be increasingly important as we move toward a population health perspective.  Similarly, expertise in community based geriatric consultation and outpatient services not only provide important care but also will be an important partner as our health system more comprehensively addresses the needs of long term care and community based geriatric patients.  

    On Aquidneck Island, Newport Hospital offers the community a range of adult psychiatric services that include emergency, inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient capabilities. In addition, the psychiatry program provides consultative collaboration with medical and surgical programs for their inpatients with co-occurring mental health or substance use disorders.

    Bradley Hospital, the nation's first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents, has been at the forefront in the treatment of children's mental illness for more than 75 years. Programs at Bradley Hospital include inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient, residential, school and home-based services. Along with Hasbro Children's Hospital, Bradley Hospital is the major training center for Alpert Medical School's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program, the Triple Board Residency program and the Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

    We are proud of our record in recruiting and retaining distinguished clinicians and scholars who are regarded as leaders in their respective fields. We are also proud of our efforts to decrease the stigma of mental illness. At all of our hospitals, we are aware of our responsibility to our patients and we work to provide a level of care that we would want for our own families.

    Richard J. Goldberg, MD, MS, Lifespan Senior Vice President for Psychiatry & Behavioral Health;  Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University