UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit Celebrates One-Year Anniversary


Highlights of Past Year

After the dust settled we admitted our first patient on Aug. 15th, 2011.  Since then have admitted over 115 patients, including  treating patients from Iowa, Washington, DC, Florida and South Carolina and fielding    referrals from many other states.

Average length of stay is 9.73 days with a mean of 7 during the last 3 months.  This is consistent with overall year’s data.

Experienced 3 weeks at steady census of 5 patients in May 2012

Data collection has evidence of improved outcome measures in patient’s report in areas of depression and anxiety.

Continuing Education of Staff

Currently have 5 core staff – 1 RN certified in advanced fetal monitoring;  6 RN’s certified in basic fetal monitoring.
5 RN’s have completed 40 hours of advanced clinical shadowing and monitoring


July 2011 – NPR spot that put our name on the map

August 2011 – Daily Tar Heel, News and Observer, Huffington Post, CNN

September 2011 –Documentary about the unit.  Producer received an Emmy nomination – link http://perinatalpro.com/blog/?p=1810

October 2011 – Time Healthland Magazine

November 2011- Nurse Magazine


October 2011 – Nurse Manager received award from Nurse Director group for  opening of perinatal unit

April 2012- Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody – named one of the Triangle’s top Ten women in Medicine and also named Sanders Clinical Scholar.

Summer 2012 – DeeDee Fryer – recognized as a UNC Plus Person in the Growth Pillar for achievements on the perinatal unit.

September 2012- Facebook program page goes live on Sept. 7th.   By Sept. 15th, over 125 likes – link  http://www.facebook.com/uncperinatalpsychiatryprogram

September 18th 2012 – Facebook Chat with Dr. Meltzer -Brody

October 2012 – ANCC Magnet presentation by Lynne Burns, Nurse manager

October 2012 – Marce Society presentation by Dr. Meltzer-Brody

November 2012- APNA presentation by DeeDee Fryer & Chris Raines

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