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Geriatric Psychiatric Program

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Geriatric Psychiatric Program

Centra's Geriatric Psychiatric program in the Geriatric Psychiatric Unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital provides personalized treatment to adults ages 65 and older who are in crisis and in need of immediate stabilization.  Short-term psychiatric treatment is provided in a safe and therapeutic acute inpatient setting specifically designed to meet the unique needs of this population. Besides crisis stabilization, the program provides diagnostic evaluation, focused therapy and group counseling. Patients are admitted to a safe and secure environment at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital. The average length of stay is 10 days.

Our Mission

Through a detailed evaluation of disease states, emotions, behaviors, temperament and life story, our team provides a focused diagnosis and develops a personalized and comprehensive plan of care.  Our goal is to assist the patient in working toward maintaining and improving independence and quality of life and ensuring that a smooth transition to the community is achieved.

Services we provide
  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Medical evaluation
  • Group/recreational activities
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Milieu therapy
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Family support and education
  • Discharge planning
Patients we serve

We treat seniors 65 and older with:

  • Dementia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Other acute/chronic psychiatric conditions


Peter Betz, MD
Medical Director

Our team

Our clinical team provides skilled and empathetic care to the individual patient while addressing the full spectrum of mental health needs. Our inpatient unit in the heart of the Virginia Baptist Hospital supports a compassionate approach to child  and adolescent psychiatric care in the hospital setting.

Meet our team

Licensing & Accreditation

Licensing & Accreditation
Licensing & Accreditation

Our program is licensed by the State of Virginia and accredited by the Joint Commission. Centra is also Magnet designated, an award given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to select hospitals that satisfy a rigorous set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing staff.

Insurance information

Insurance information
Insurance information

Our services are covered in full or part by Medicare and most group or individual insurance plans. Financial counselors are available to assist with payment planning.