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Inpatient Admissions

Admissions Coordinator

Admissions Coordinator, Lisa Smith
Eating Disorders Treatment Program
Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
600 North Wolfe Steet, Meyer 143
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Phone: 410-955-5114, Fax: 410-955-6155
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Eating Disorders Patient Intake Form

Admitting Procedures

To arrange admission of a patient to one of our inpatient services, the person currently treating the patient, a member of the patient's family or the patient him/herself should contact The Johns Hopkins Hospital Admissions Office as soon as possible. There may be a waiting list for admission.

The Admissions Office will request that current clinical information about the patient's condition be faxed for review before admission arrangements are made. This information will help determine which service is most suitable for the patient. It is also essential for the Admissions Office to have clinical information in order to contact the patient's insurance company. The insurance company will then determine the extent to which the patient's policy covers the admission.

The patient and the patient's family are advised to discuss financial details with the Admissions Office in order to clarify the extent and nature of insurance coverage. Depending on the level of insurance coverage, a deposit may be required on the day of admission.

What Happens on Admissions Day

Patients who are not being admitted through the Emergency Department should report to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Admissions Office in Meyer 143 at the arranged time. Planned admissions usually occur between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

The patient will sign admission papers and review other documents that will be explained by the admissions coordinator. The patient and family will then be escorted to the inpatient unit in the Meyer Building. There, a nurse will welcome them and provide a tour of the unit.

The attending psychiatrist and resident psychiatrist will take medical and psychiatric histories and examine the patient. It is important for the patient to tell the physicians about any medical problems, including allergies to medications. A nurse will do an assessment so that the nursing staff can plan for its part in the patient's care. A social worker may also meet with the patient's family to assess the patient's social supports.

Note: This is a general description of what transpires on the day of a planned psychiatric admission; it may vary somewhat by service. Please contact the Admissions Office if more detailed information is required.

For Emergencies
Please call 911 or contact your nearest emergency room. Johns Hopkins Emergency Department (Psychiatry) 410-955-5964

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