Heywood Hospital's Mental Health Unit (MHU) is located on the third floor of the main Hospital building, and is licensed for 12 beds. The MHU treats those ages 16 and up who have a need for inpatient hospitalization for a psychiatric illness.
Heywood's MHU has been designated as a Best Practice site by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the Mass. Association of Behavioral Health Services, and the Mass. Behavioral Health Partnership(MBHP). The Heywood MHU has a contract with MBHP to provide care for Mass Health patients, and with many other insurers.
Clinical leaders of the MHU team were named "Unsung Heroes" by the Shine Initiative of Fidelity Bank.
Heywood's MHU has been recognized for achieving excellent outcomes for patients as evidenced by measures such as the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) of 6.54 days versus a predicted rate of 7.31 and a 7-day recidivism rate of 5.91 versus a predicted rate of 7.31%. Low recidivism means that fewer patients leave our facility and then have to be readmitted within 7 days for further treatment.