This 450 bed institution, a private, not for profit hospital, is an innovative teaching and patient care facility. This setting provides opportunity for the education of residents in the care of private general medical, surgical, and psychiatric patients. It is located in the Health Sciences Center, one block from the School of Medicine.
There is one 21 bed inpatient psychiatric unit located at Norton Hospital. The unit has its own team of mental health professionals including one full time psychiatrist, social workers, nurses, and activity personnel. There is an attending psychiatrist and two or three junior residents assigned to this service. The caseload for residents is 8 to 10 patients. A weekly case conference is held at this site. Every second and fourth Friday, the case conference is held in conjunction with the residents at University Hospital.
The phone number to Norton Hospital, Inpatient Psychiatry, is 502-629-6700.
The team is comprised of a faculty psychiatrist, one or two residents, and medical students. Daily teaching rounds emphasize the development of accurate diagnostic skills at the bedside as well as concise and effective communication of information to medical colleagues with special attention to the differences that this service presents in a private hospital setting. A monthly case conference is held and complements daily team conferences as the mainstay of the educational offerings of the service. A senior resident may work with the junior residents or medical students to facilitate educational experiences.
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a part of the Department of Pediatrics with an adjunct affiliation with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. General psychiatry residents spend two months on service during the PGY-2 year. This program also offers a two year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry to physicians who have completed three or four years in general psychiatry.
Inpatient Services - Ackerly Child Psychiatric Inpatient Services - 6C at Norton Hospital
Named in honor of S. Spafford Ackerly, MD, Medical Director and Chairman of the Child Guidance Clinic from 1932-1963, and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 1947-1963, the Ackerly Child Psychiatric Inpatient Service opened in September 1975 and located to its current inpatient unit in 1987. Staffed jointly by Norton Children’s Hospital and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, this 20-bed unit is an acute, short-term diagnostic and treatment service for severely emotionally disturbed children, ages two to eighteen.
Outpatient Psychiatry Services: Bingham Child Guidance Center
The Bingham Child Guidance Center has long been recognized as an outstanding child mental health facility in Kentucky and surrounding states. Founded in 1913, it is the fourth oldest child guidance clinic in the United States. The Center is a service, teaching, and research facility located on the second level of Norton Hospital. Each year the clinic serves more than 1,100 new families. In this setting, the child and adolescent fellows and residents work with team members to evaluate and treat children and families on an in-depth basis.
Coordinated through the Bingham Child Guidance Center, the Consultation/Liaison service was developed to fill a need in Norton Children’s Hospital for psychiatric and/or behavioral management of physically ill children. An additional goal is to help pediatric and psychiatric residents gain more systematic and comprehensive training in the areas of child development psychology, psychiatric management of everyday pediatric emotional problems, and the essential aspects of childhood psychopathology.
Coordinated through the Bingham Child Guidance Center, the emergency services provides immediate crisis intervention in situations where a child’s life or that of someone else is in danger. Since the implementation of the emergency team concept in 1974, the annual demand for emergency psychiatric intervention has increased drastically.
To make an appointment with the Bingham Clinic, call 502-588-0800. After hours (after 5 p.m. and on weekend), please call Norton Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000
Note: This, along with any information found on this website, is intended to be informational for medical students and residents interested in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911.