EastPointe Hospital admitted its first patient July 16, 2012, and is now accepting referrals. Operated by AltaPointe Health Systems, EastPointe’s clinical and medical professionals assess and evaluate adults in psychiatric crisis. Treatment focuses on stabilizing psychiatric symptoms and preventing psychiatric commitment.
Adults admitted to EastPointe will have exhibited life-threatening, destructive or disabling behavior or symptoms. Each patient completes a psychiatric diagnostic evaluationand receives 24-hour clinical care for an estimated thee-to-seven-day stay. The goal is for each patient to return to home or to the least restrictive level of care as quickly as possible and to follow a comprehensive aftercare plan upon discharge.
EastPointe provides care to patients admitted involuntarily in a special 18-bed unit. After evaluation, professional staff will make a recommendation to the probate court of record regarding the patient’s need for involuntary commitment or treatment in a less restrictive setting.
Patients admitted voluntarily receive treatment in a separate designated unit. All patient rooms are semi-private although because of the size of the building, we may use some space as private depending on the total patient census.
EastPointe is licensed by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Is EastPointe a new hospital?
Though EastPointe is a new hospital, the building is not new. It was constructed in 1986 by Bradford Healthcare facility. The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) purchased it many years later. ADMH operated the Searcy State Hospital’s assessment center in the early 90s. It was known as the Emmett Poundstone mental health facility at that time. Later, it became home to the Albert P. Brewer Developmental Center when the facility of that same name moved there from Mobile in the late 90s. ADMH vacated the building in 2004. The Shoulder, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation organization used a portion of the building from 2005 to 2012.
AltaPointe purchased the property in 2008 for $4.4 million and invested $3.2 million in extensive renovations and remodeling, which began in January 2011.