Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Inc

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Corporate Structure- Founded: 2006. CEO and President: Vernon Westrich. Headquarters: 852 West Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. Telephone: 615-250-9500. Fax: 615-250-9515. Web site: www.havenbehavioral.com.

War today has extreme psychiatric consequences for our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Often, these tragic circumstances necessitate a different and higher level of integrated treatment for those returning home. Haven Behavioral War Heroes Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric-treatment hospital led by COL Harry Silsby, M.D., U.S. Army retired, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, and Dr. Carrin Harper, a former flight commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The hospital is a full-service inpatient facility located within St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. This unique partnership allows current and former military members full access to the services of a hospital while they receive personalized care from an understanding and caring staff.

The staff at the War Heroes Hospital consists of a skilled team of nurses and medicai professionals, 70 percent of whom are former military. The War Heroes Hospital staff understands the need for patients to be surrounded and treated by military personnel. Patients spend a month amid veterans of their generation who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and work with doctors and therapists who have military backgrounds. This unique approach to the treatment of PTSD among veterans has proved to be very successful.

Haven's program utilizes evidence-based medicine, cognitive-processing therapy, prolonged-exposure therapy and individual psychotherapy. In addition, the hospital provides mandatory substanceabuse classes. The War Heroes Hospital offers intensive treatment for combat stress injury (CSl)ZPTSD, co-occurring chemical dependency disorders, depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and adjustment disorders.

CSI, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder resulting from living through traumatic events. In part, it is caused by prolonged states of biochemical hyperarousal of the nervous system, or "excitotoxicity." Those suffering from CSI or PTSD experience debilitating nightmares and flashbacks. Other symptoms include disassociations, numbing, restlessness, irritability, fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, decreased appetite and concentration, and memory loss.

Treatment modalities for Haven's month-long program include cognitive-behavior therapy, cognitive-processing therapy, prolonged exposure, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family/marital therapy, medication management, detoxification, biofeedback and relaxation, 12-step chemical dependency/Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, daily physical training, and around-the-clock nursing supervision. …