Brookhaven Retreat Meets with Consultant Dr. Lynn Swisher

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, met with consultant Dr. Swisher to assess the facility’s performance improvement standards.

Dr. Lynn Swisher visited Brookhaven Retreat July 19 – August 2. This extended, five-day visit allowed Dr. Swisher to provide additional administrative support to Brookhaven Retreat’s clinical team.

Dr. Swisher is a member of Brookhaven Retreat’s professional consulting team. She attends each of Brookhaven Retreat’s monthly performance improvement meetings and oversees all of the performance improvement committees. These committees create monthly self-monitoring reports for their department, which Dr. Swisher reviews in order to make system improvements. These procedures are part of Joint Commission compliance standards.

In addition to the monthly performance improvement evaluations, Dr. Swisher is also monitoring Brookhaven Retreat’s root cause analysis of a mock sentinel drill. Brookhaven Retreat will conduct a mock sentinel event, which is an extreme adverse event reportable to the Joint Commission. This staff drill keeps staff skills sharpened when analyzing critical events and is part of Brookhaven Retreat’s risk assessment process.

Dr. Swisher is also overseeing procedures created by the life safety committee to train all new staff in Brookhaven Retreat’s emergency code system.

Finally, with flu season soon arriving, Dr. Swisher is also working with Brookhaven Retreat’s team of nurses to establish a flu vaccination program for 2013. This is crucial for delivering the highest quality in patient safety and decreasing the risk of sickness in its facility.

Brookhaven Retreat is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to women suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. In order to offer the safest environment for their recovery, it works diligently to not only comply with but also exceed every standard of care. Monthly evaluations and self-monitoring are critical in this process, and Brookhaven Retreat is thankful for Dr. Swisher’s work in helping it maintain the highest standards of care.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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