Oceans Healthcare: News

ACA Replacement and What it Could Mean for Behavioral Health Access and Coverage

Mar 1st, 2017

By: Stuart Archer, CEO, Oceans Healthcare The topic of Affordable Care Act repeal and replace has been at or near the top of the news since President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January. Speculation has abounded about what that might mean for millions of Americans and just how long it might take.  Last Friday we saw a minor, albeit... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Names New Administrators in Louisiana

Mar 1st, 2017

PLANO, Texas (March 1, 2017) – Oceans Healthcare, a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, today announced the addition of Kacey Campbell and Rachel King to their administrative team. Kacey Campbell has joined Oceans Behavioral Hospital Alexandria as hospital administrator. Campbell has more than 15 years of bedside experience as a... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Appoints Industry Experts to Board of Directors

Feb 28th, 2017

Behavioral Health Provider Strengthens Position with Nationally Recognized Thought Leaders PLANO, Texas (Feb. 28, 2017) – Oceans Healthcare, a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, today announced the addition of three leading industry experts to its Board of Directors. Rob Allen, CPA, recently served as Oceans Healthcare’s interim chief financial officer... Read More

Top Reads in 2016

Feb 27th, 2017

Attentions Oceans Update E-readers, here are your favorite articles from 2016!  Share them with your colleagues and invite them to “join the club!” You Job is Critical, We Can Help Mental Illness touches everyone. One in five adults experience mental illness every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. May is Mental Health Month, an effort to support those experiencing... Read More

Understanding Psychosis in Older Adults

Feb 7th, 2017

    Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s can be shocking to many caregivers, but there are other behavioral side effects, like psychosis, that can be just as frightening. The onset of psychosis is quite common among patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. A recent meta-analysis showed that more than 40 percent had psychotic symptoms, which led to faster functional impairment and increased mortality risk. Here are three... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Expanding in Southwest Louisiana

Jan 12th, 2017

Behavioral Health Provider Acquires Hospital in Crowley, Louisiana Crowley, Louisiana – (Jan. 12, 2017) – Oceans Healthcare today announced it has acquired 16-bed Phoenix Behavioral Hospital in Crowley, Louisiana. The facility, which has been renamed Oceans Behavioral Hospital Crowley, is a campus of  Oceans Healthcare’s existing facility, Oceans Behavioral Hospital Opelousas, and will continue serving older adult and senior patients suffering from... Read More

The Oceans Six Pledge

Jan 6th, 2017

The Oceans Six core convictions are the foundation of our company and the fuel that drives our people to provide the highest quality care. These are the six things we value and know to be true at Oceans Healthcare and our hospitals: dignity, comprehensive care, quality, honesty, support and teamwork. At Oceans, our employees commit to this Oceans Six pledge... Read More

Taking Care of Yourself

Jan 5th, 2017

Money, the economy, work.  The list goes on.  Those stressors top the charts for most Americans. For healthcare professionals in general, we tend to suffer from chronic disease and health issues only slightly less than the general population. To recharge in 2017, Forbes Magazine suggests these 10 tips for busy professionals: 1. For travelers… Pick a hotel with a gym. Buy a guest pass... Read More

From the Dark Side

Jan 5th, 2017

“You can lead a normal life…” said the late Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars.      Fisher, who recently died of a heart attack, talked about her battle with bipolar disorder openly since her diagnosis in 1985.  Many credit her with breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness and inspiring the confidence of thousands to... Read More

Connecting to Purpose at Work

Jan 5th, 2017

Recently, former Oceans Behavioral Hospital patient Robert W., of Midland, TX, shared a touching note about the care he received and his caregiver: “…(His) motivation and dedication to helping patients through hardship has greatly inspired me to become a better person once I leave here. …He helped me see the good in my life. …I will leave here loving who I am…”* There are... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Dec 15th, 2016

Behavioral Health Provider Strengthens Financial Operations with the Addition of New Leadership  PLANO, Texas (December 15, 2016) – Oceans Healthcare, a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, today announced the appointment of Scott Gressett as chief financial officer. Gressett has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry and... Read More

Oceans in the News: Elder Suicide Intervention

Dec 15th, 2016

This article was republished for A Place for Mom, the nation's largest senior living referral information service.   Elder Suicide Intervention Older American adults often have less child-rearing and workplace stress, greater flexibility with their day and more wisdom to help them cope with challenges than younger adults, but as Today’s Geriatric Medicine points out, not all older adults are happy. “Many events... Read More

Oceans in the News: Needs grow for East Texas mental health care

Dec 15th, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Longview News-Journal. As the rural East Texas population ages, the Longview area is facing an "absolutely critical" need for mental health services — a need private behavioral health hospitals are struggling to meet. "There is a lack of mental health services in this area," said Lauren Weber, administrator of Oceans Behavioral Hospital, a 24-bed hospital with... Read More

21st Century Cures Act Represents Victory for Behavioral Health

Dec 12th, 2016

A Statement from Stuart Archer, CEO of behavioral health provider Oceans Healthcare and Board Member,National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems “With the U.S. Senate’s vote last week to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, an incredibly important piece of legislation is becoming law. The Cures Act – with provisions that impact aspects of health care from the FDA approval process of... Read More

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Abilene Expands to New Location

Dec 1st, 2016

Hospital adds services for children, adolescents while expanding capacity to serve older adults ABILENE, Texas – (Dec. 1, 2016) – Oceans Behavioral Hospital Abilene today announced it has expanded operations into a new location, making it one of the most comprehensive behavioral health providers in the West Texas region.  The move will allow Oceans to serve a wider variety of patients including... Read More

The Picture of Behavioral Health in America

Oct 31st, 2016

Recent studies show outpatient mental healthcare is associated with more positive social functioning, and 70-90 percent of patients who get help report reduced symptoms. Since early 2015, Oceans has multiplied access to innovative outpatient services, meaning more and more adults are managing their behavioral health needs with greater independence. We pledge to continue working hard to expand access for our patients.... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Depression Screening Questionnaire

Oct 12th, 2016

Depression is the top cause of disability among adults in high-income countries, increasing the risk of death and decreasing the quality of life for patients and their family members. At Oceans Behavioral Hospital, we are working to address the growing issue of depression in our communities. For our patients, typically older adults and seniors, depression is a common diagnosis. Below you will find the Oceans... Read More

Elder Suicide Intervention

Sep 29th, 2016

Elder Suicide InterventionBy M. Kaleem Arshad, MD, DFAPA Today's Geriatric MedicineVol. 9 No. 5 P. 24 Learning to identify patient profiles at greatest risk can position providers to save lives. We hear about the aging baby boomer population's significant and continuing influence that has resulted in profound changes to our economy, culture, and perspectives on aging. Though, as the population continues to skew... Read More

Flood Assistance Available for Oceans Healthcare Employees in Louisiana

Aug 18th, 2016

Half of Oceans Healthcare’s employees live in Louisiana. Due to recent flooding, many are currently managing the loss or damage of their home and belongings. To assist these individuals, Oceans Healthcare has established an Employee Assistance Fund to provide monetary grants to affected employees in need to cover daily living expenses like temporary housing, clothing, food and rebuilding efforts. Oceans is... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Named to Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies

Aug 17th, 2016

PLANO, Texas (August 17, 2016) – Oceans Healthcare, a nationally recognized provider of behavioral health services for older adults and seniors, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. This list, over the years, has included top-named companies such as Microsoft, Timberland and Zappos.com. “Oceans Healthcare is honored to be included in such an elite... Read More

Dementia or Hospital-Induced Delirium?

Aug 2nd, 2016

One of the complexities related to diagnosing patients presenting symptoms of cognitive decline is that the behavioral markers can mimic many mental disorders, and most commonly impacts the elderly. Commons symptoms that can make diagnosis more challenging include signs of memory impairment, persistent disorientation and rapid shifts in mood. While many disorders can contribute to some or all of these observable... Read More

National Safety Month: Take a Stand - Be Falls Free

Jun 14th, 2016

National Safety Month: Take a Stand – Be Falls Free Each year, millions of older adults – those 65 and older – fall. Hundreds of thousands of those patients fall in hospitals, with 30-50 percent resulting in injury, according to data compiled by The Joint Commission. Injured patients require additional treatment and sometimes prolonged stays. In one study, a fall with injury... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Among North Texas Fastest-Growing Mid-Size Companies

Jun 7th, 2016

PLANO, Texas (June 7, 2016) – Citing revenue growth from 2013-2015, Oceans Healthcare has been named one of the 50 fastest-growing middle market companies in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal. Known as the Middle Market 50, this annual list includes public and private companies with annual revenues between $25 million and $750 million and is ranked on a weighted... Read More

Mental Health Month: Older Adults and Seniors

May 5th, 2016

Mental Illness touches everyone. One in five adults experience mental illness every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. May is Mental Health Month, an effort to support those experiencing mental illness, educate the public, advocate for equal care and fight for this year’s theme, Life with a Mental Illness. Each year, millions of Americans live with a mental... Read More

Oceans Healthcare CEO Stuart Archer Joins National Advocacy Organization's Board of Trustees

Mar 30th, 2016

PLANO, Texas (March 30, 2016) – The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems today announced Stuart Archer, CEO of Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused primarily on older adults and seniors, has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Trustees. Archer has led Oceans Healthcare since 2014. A skilled executive with extensive expertise in multi-state and multi-site hospital operations, he... Read More

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Opelousas Expands Behavioral Health Services

Mar 14th, 2016

Facility opens intensive outpatient program to treat young adults, older adults and seniors living at home OPELOUSAS, La. (January 12, 2016) – Oceans Behavioral Hospital Opelousas, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery, today announced the opening of its intensive outpatient program. In this program, the hospital’s team of expert clinicians will provide ongoing outpatient treatment for a... Read More

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Lufkin Names New Medical Director

Mar 8th, 2016

Rupa Peddireddy, M.D., Named Medical Director of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Lufkin Lufkin, Texas (March 9, 2016) – Oceans Behavioral Hospital Lufkin, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, today announced the addition of Rupa Peddireddy, M.D., as medical director. In this role, Peddireddy will manage and oversee daily clinical operations and lead the... Read More

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Lake Charles Growing to Meet Community Need

Mar 8th, 2016

Hospital to expand services for young adults in larger, state-of-the-art facility LAKE CHARLES, La. – (March 8, 2016) – Oceans Behavioral Hospital Lake Charles announced it will expand its services to reach young adults 18 and older and will soon move into a newly renovated, larger facility. The new hospital will continue treating adults and seniors 55 and older, as well... Read More

Depression screening guidelines were 'overdue,' experts say

Feb 4th, 2016

Article written by Heather Caspi and originally appeared in HealthcareDIVE Feb. 3 Following the recently expanded guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which now recommends depression screening for all U.S. adults over the age of 18 as part of routine healthcare, including for pregnant and postpartum women, several experts told Healthcare Dive they agreed it was time. Whether the recommendation will have much... Read More

Antipsychotics, behavior and dementia: A psychiatrist's view

Jan 13th, 2016

Many individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and their families find the behavioral symptoms—irritability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, agitation, delusions and hallucinations—to be the most challenging and distressing effects of the disease. Antipsychotic medications, such as risperidone and haloperidol, are often prescribed to dementia patients to treat these symptoms and help them avoid higher levels of care in nursing... Read More

Amerinet, Oceans Healthcare partner to improve supply chain

Dec 18th, 2015

St. Louis (December 17, 2015) - Amerinet Inc., a leading national healthcare solutions organization, today announced a new multi-year primary agreement with Oceans Healthcare for supply chain and healthcare clinical and operational services. Oceans is a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on older adults and seniors.“As a growing multi-state, multi-site provider we sought a partner that could support our mission of providing... Read More

9 Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression

Dec 10th, 2015

Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but can trigger depression for many. Oceans Behavioral Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, recognizes holiday depression is a serious problem that affects many Americans every year.  The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy but if you’re already... Read More

Oceans Behavioral Hospitals Named Top Performers by The Joint Commission

Nov 19th, 2015

PLANO, Texas (November 17, 2015) – The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, today recognized six Oceans Healthcare hospitals in Louisiana and Texas as 2014 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®. Oceans Healthcare is a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on healing and long-term recovery. Hospitals recognized in Louisiana include: Oceans Behavioral Hospital Alexandria Oceans... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Recognizes National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oct 5th, 2015

Approximately 15 Percent of adults age 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder  Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, recognizes Metal Illness Awareness Week Oct. 4 - 10. This week focuses on supporting those experiencing mental illness, educating the public, advocating for equal care and fighting for this... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Joins National Behavioral Health Advocacy Group

Sep 29th, 2015

National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems Advocates for Prevention, Treatment and Care  Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, today announced it has joined the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. The national advocacy group represents provider systems that are committed to delivery of responsive, accountable and clinically effective prevention,... Read More


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