Saint Elizabeths Hospital is the District’s public psychiatric facility for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who need intensive inpatient care to support their recovery. Saint Elizabeths also provides mental health evaluations and care to patients committed by the courts. The Hospital develops a personalized treatment plan to help each patient achieve the highest quality mental health outcomes.
The mission of Saint Elizabeths Hospital is to provide person-centered care that is recovery focused, consumer driven and culturally and linguistically competent.
We envision a healing environment with dedicated and committed people who provide high quality care that supports recovery and treatment. Saint Elizabeths prides itself on providing the best possible care available. Our team of clinicians and behavioral health support staff are committed to making sure that each person who comes through our doors is treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity to spiritual and cultural norms and is empowered to be an active partner in recovery. Providing quality behavioral health care and treatment options for individuals with the goal of return and reintegration to the community of his/her choice is a responsibility we take very seriously.
Our Saint Elizabeth Hospital goals are to strive to provide the highest quality of care, increase patient satisfaction, minimize cost, deliver timely, effective and efficient behavioral health services within the hospital-based setting, provide training and growth opportunities, and empower our staff through shared decision making to be more effective within the areas that each works.
Accountability, Caring, Education, Quality, Recovery, and Respect
Saint Elizabeths Hospital is a teaching hospital with accredited full time residency training programs for psychiatry, psychology, dentistry and chaplaincy and part time training programs that includes medical students, art and dance therapy, nursing students, and social work students.
Saint Elizabeths Hospital is located east of the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington. Its beautiful grounds and historic buildings date back to 1855, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1991 declared the site a National Historic Landmark.
Saint Elizabeths Hospital is located in 450,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that incorporates best practices in modern, in patient mental health care with an environmentally sensitive design and sustainable strategies. The building’s therapeutic design includes bright and airy living and treatment areas, green spaces off each patient unit, and enclosed courtyards. A 28,000 square-foot green roof is likely the largest on any psychiatric facility in the country. The Hospital campus has been smoke free since August 2007.
Art created by individuals living in the Hospital is featured throughout the new facility and a museum near the main entrance chronicles the Hospital’s history as a leader in humane treatment of people with mental illness
Saint Elizabeths Hospital publishes a Performance Related Information for Staff and Managers (PRISM) report that presents monthly data with twelve-month trends on census, basic demographics and selected performance indicators such as unusual incidents, seclusion and restraint usage, and medication variances or adverse drug reactions. The reports are used for quality improvement initiatives by providing critical information about patients and staff performance in delivering timely and effective services. The PRISM report is accompanied by an annual trend analysis that provides data and long-term trends with more in-depth analysis in a variety of areas related to patient care.
In addition, the Hospital’s Environmental Self-Assessment Survey [PDF] is a dynamic process of data collection and reporting to identify areas of strength and to improve the quality of the environment in which individual care and treatment occurs. The survey teams consisted of employees, consumers, and other outside surveyors. Fifteen survey categories with 111 standards are included in such areas as general cleanliness and maintenance, food handling, orderliness of nursing stations, and infectious waste and sharps disposals.