Rudolph-Watson Named Medical Director of Colquitt Regional Behavioral Health Unit | Local news

MOULTRIEGe. Colquitt Regional Medical Center announced Tuesday that Dr. Lisa Rudolph-Watson has been named medical director of the newly opened Colquitt Regional Geropsychiatric Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit (BHU).

Rudolph-Watson attended California University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She then attended West Virginia University School of Medicine where she received her medical degree and completed her education through a residency at West Virginia University Hospitals: Ruby Memorial Hospital and Chestnut Ridge Hospital.

“Dr. Rudolph-Watson has had a diverse career spanning more than 25 years, ranging from private practice to inpatient programs,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “She has been a key player in the development of our psychiatry residency program and we look forward to the wealth of knowledge and expertise she will bring to our Behavioral Health Unit. Not only is she qualified, but she has a deep passion for our patients and strives to make a difference in every patient’s healthcare.”
Rudolph-Watson is not only Medical Director of Colquitt Regional BHU, but also Program Director of the Georgia South Psychiatry Residency Program. Under her leadership, Georgia South received accreditation for its psychiatry program in February 2022 and welcomed the first batch of psychiatry assistants in June 2022.

“Over the past year, I’ve had a great experience working with hospital administration and the Georgia South team,” said Rudolph-Watson. “I look forward to continuing our relationship and serving as the medical director of the hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit. It is an exciting time to be involved in the growth of such a vital service line in an area in dire need of access to psychiatric care.”

Colquitt Regional cut the ribbon on the new unit in June.
The focus of this new service line is to provide short-term intensive treatment of elderly patients suffering from acute psychiatric disorders, cognitive impairment and age-related physiological disabilities.

Patients who are admitted will benefit from a comprehensive range of treatments offered at the BHU, such as comprehensive evaluation and assessment, individual treatment planning, individual and family therapy, group therapy (occupational and activity therapy), medication management, discharge planning, outreach and referral for aftercare and support from family and carer.

As medical director, Rudolph-Watson will work closely with BHU team members to develop treatment plans for patients.

The unit, which is located on the second floor of the hospital, houses 10 beds, four semi-private and two private. It will largely serve the 55+ population and aims to help patients regain and maintain optimal levels of health. More specifically, this unit will benefit patients suffering from depression, anxiety, sadness, coping challenges or emotional disorders.

“We are very proud of this new unit and the work the BHU team carries out every day,” said Hospital Authority Chairman Richard E. Turner Jr. “I have no doubt this unit will continue to grow and provide compassionate, expert care under the supervision of Dr. Rudolph-Watson.”

For more information about the Behavioral Health Unit of Georgia South Psychiatry Residency Program, please call the Colquitt Regional Marketing Department at 229-890-3552.

Rudolph-Watson Named Medical Director of Colquitt Regional Behavioral Health Unit | Local news

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