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Astria Sunnyside Hospital Invites the Public to an Open House Announcing Its New Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program Designed to Help Older Adults

Contact: Dawn O'Polka 509-837-1543

(Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Sunnyside, WA) – Astria Sunnyside Hospital will be hosting an Open House event this Thursday, May 24 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. to announce the new Intensive Outpatient Program located on the Astria Sunnyside Hospital campus at 1017 Tacoma Ave., Sunnyside, WA. Light refreshments will be served. The Life Transitions Intensive Outpatient Program is a flexible service designed to support older adults who might be experiencing emotional difficulties or late-life depression.

All members of the community are invited to attend and learn more about the Program. This open house gives attendees the opportunity to meet the physicians, staff and other care providers.

“We are very pleased to offer this new program. The program is designed to help older adults living in the Yakima Valley. It connects them with the medical, emotional and social support they need and deserve at every phase of life. We are pleased that the Life Transitions Center will be staffed by an experienced team of caring professionals who understand the culturally rich area Yakima Valley provides. We welcome families too. Multi-generational support is a significant component of the program and all members of the family can benefit from it,” said Brian Gibbons, CEO of Astria Sunnyside Hospital.

The Life Transitions Intensive Outpatient Program focuses on restoring daily functioning, increasing one’s overall sense of wellbeing and improving quality of life. Life Transitions involves structured, short-term treatment options that may include group therapy, individual counseling or family therapy led by a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Dr. Pedro Fernandez.

The onset of late-life depression can be prompted by the changes and life challenges experienced later on in life such as decreased mobility, persistent aches and pains and loss of friends and loved ones. Those suffering from late-life depression can experience physical changes. They might also feel sad, have a tendency to worry, or socially withdraw and find themselves isolated from family and friends.

For more information about Astria Sunnyside Hospital’s Life Transitions Intensive Outpatient Program or to sign up for the program, please call 509.837.1387. The Program is located at 1017 Tacoma Ave., Sunnyside, WA.

Posted May 22, 2018

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