UMH Welcomes the New Behavioral Health ER

The string of grand openings for new, refurbished or expanded clinical units at University of Miami Hospital continued this month with a celebration of the new Behavioral Health Emergency Room, and the expansion of psychiatric and behavioral health services across UHealth.

“Our behavioral health division is an extremely important service line for our organization and for our patients who deserve to be cared for with dignity, compassion and given the utmost privacy,” David Zambrana, D.N.P, M.B.A., RN, the hospital’s chief operating and nursing officer, said at the September 1 event. “I am extremely proud of the department and this could not have been possible without the support of so many of you.”

Located not far from its predecessor on the first floor, the new Behavioral Health ER features state-of-the-art clinical equipment in two private assessment rooms, a quiet room, a nurses’ station, and a secure patient area.

Addressing the gathering, Jose “Tony” Santa, M.B.A., associate vice president for behavioral health services, expressed his gratitude for “a brand new space that’s been five years in the making.”

Also in attendance were Anthony Degina, CEO of UMH; Stephen Friedman, Ph.D., clinical director for behavioral health programs; Jose A. Cruz, Jr., M.D., medical director for behavioral health services; and Edmi Cortes-Torres, M.D., medical director for behavioral health services and the Mood Disorders Unit.

“We now have the required space to do crisis intervention, family intervention and appropriate assessment,” Dr. Cruz said. “Many hospitals out there do not have psychiatric services at the level we do, and we are very happy and proud to offer these services to our patient population.”

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