Behavioral Health Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Length of Stay
    8 days
  • Average Daily Census FY2020
    8.27
  • Nurse to Pt Ratio
    1:3-4
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    1 for the unit
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Certifications Available
    PMHRN-BC, PMHNP-BC, CPI

Behavioral Health also called Pointe East, is located on the 1st floor in the private Behavioral Health wing of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. The unit features beautiful views of the Thunder Bay River and Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary. We are a 15-bed acute inpatient psychiatric facility that provides care on a short-term basis for adults and seniors age 18 or older. Conditions such as severe depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorder and other mental illness can be properly treated through Behavioral Health Services Pointe East.

Our unit takes pride in providing patient center care with a large focus on privacy and respect given to each patient. Pointe East is staffed with highly trained and experienced caregivers including Registered Nurses, Psychiatrists, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Therapists and Licensed Professional Councilors. Teamwork is the center of our acute behavioral health care unit.

What Our Employees are Saying

  • “I enjoy the personal interactions candid conversations I have with my patients.” DeLynn Greentree, B.S.N., R.N.
  • “We have excellent teamwork. Everyone is genuinely interested in their work and believes in what they do. Staff members are extremely accommodating for the needs of our patients and even other colleagues. We have many years of collective experience and we keep striving to improve upon unit operations.” Philp Sinato, M.D.
  • “Mental Health Nursing is hard. My coworkers and I don’t do it because it is easy; we do it because it is hard. We do it because we see that our patients can be anyone of us or a member of our family. We do it because it not only helps our patients understand themselves; it helps us understand ourselves. When we understand ourselves it allows us to reach our fullest potential. In turn, it allows us to teach our patients and coworkers how to change the world. There is nothing I would rather do.” Andrew Collins, R.N.
  • “Our unit and the hospital feel a great sense of responsibility to the members of the community in which we work. We are here to create healthier communities together.” — Cami Misiak, B.S.N., R.N., P.M.H.-B.C.
  • “I have been working on the unit for over 40 years. Our staff work well together and always back each other up throughout the day. I enjoy seeing the transition from acutely ill to stable and productive at the time of discharge.” — Darlene Frantz, M.L.P.N.
  • “I chose mental health for the wide variety of patients we get to help. Mental health does not discriminate against race, gender, or socioeconomic status. I also really appreciate the strength of our inter-professional collaboration.” — Josh Oliver, C.R.T.
  • “Everyone’s personalities mesh well and that helps us work better as a team.” — Joe Shupert, B.S.N., R.N.
  • “I love this unit because the cohesive group of professionals who care and who work to help our patients heal physically and mentally. I love coming to work because even on a rough day, our team works together so well that it makes the rough days manageable.” — Tom Spinelli, B.S.N., R.N.
  • “Mental health nursing allows us to provide care to those in a mental health crisis. Most of our patients are suffering from some level of emotional and/or mental distress. Having great coworkers allows for exceptional teamwork, allowing us to be able to provide our patients with efficient, high quality care. Helping others overcome their personal struggles is one of the many rewarding aspects of mental health nursing.” — Amy Northrup, B.S.N., R.N.