Salt Lake Regional Medical Center

Behavioral & Mental Health Services

Mental Health

At Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, we believe that healthcare doesn’t start and end with the body. Comprehensive healthcare includes treatment for the body and the mind. For adults age 55 and older, the physical, mental, and environmental changes that accompany this stage of life can be difficult to process and manage. That’s why we’ve established a special 20-bed unit within the hospital, dedicated to the practice of geropsychiatry, an area of medicine jointly focused on the physical and emotional needs of older adults.

Depression is one of the most common reasons why patients seek treatment in our Senior Behavioral Health unit. This mental illness affects approximately 6.5 million Americans over the age of 65 – almost one in five seniors.

Why seek mental health treatment? Below are a few of the symptoms and conditions assessed and treated in our facilities:

  • Anxiety: Obsessive thoughts; difficulty coping in stressful situations; feelings of restlessness, panic, or impending doom.
  • Chronic Pain: Uncontrolled, continuous pain; use of multiple pain medications.
  • Cognitive Changes: Significant memory loss; impaired judgment and insight; acute deterioration of coping skills and judgment, which sometimes put others at risk; inability to perform daily, routine functions.
  • Dementia: Behavioral changes associated with this diagnosis, including aggression and refusing medications.
  • Depression: Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed; inability to accept or adjust to loss; feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt; change in sleep patterns and energy.
  • Mood Disorders: Severe mood swings; sudden onset of severe depression; feelings of intense excitement and energy, accompanied by a lack of sleep.
  • Paranoia: Combative or violent behavior; accusing others of unrealistic negative behaviors.
  • Phobias: Fears that inhibit normal functioning.
  • Psychosis: Seeing, smelling, feeling, or hearing non-existent things.
  • Suicidal or Homicidal Feelings: Thoughts of harm and/or death for the self and/or others.
  • Difficulty sleeping, nightmares.

Your Mental Healthcare Team

At Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, each and every patient has different needs (physical, mental, and emotional). The medical staff in the Senior Behavioral unit assembles a team that caters to your specific health needs. Your team may include some or all of the following professionals:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Psychiatric registered nurses
  • Advanced practice registered nurses
  • Certified nursing assistants / Behavioral health technicians
  • Geriatricians (physicians who specialize in the care of older adults)
  • Rehabilitation therapists



For more than a century, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center has provided high quality healthcare for residents of the Salt Lake Valley. Conveniently located near the heart of the city, this historic acute care hospital remains one of the most trusted medical centers in all of Utah. Today you will find advanced medical technology and a professional medical staff focused on providing patients with leading-edge care and comfort.


  • Behavioral Health - At Salt Lake, we believe that comprehensive healthcare includes treatment for the body and the mind. Learn More
  • Heart Care - Our renowned heart and vascular program is a cardiac health destination for patients in the West. Learn More
  • Joint Replacement - Is the pain in your knee, hip, or shoulder preventing you from completing your daily tasks? We’re here to help. Learn More
  • Therapy - Restoring function, one patient at a time. At Salt Lake Regional, we have provided comprehensive outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services to the Salt Lake City community for more than 35 years. Learn More


Arthritis & Joint Pain

Joint Replacement Surgery

Is the pain in your knee, hip, or shoulder preventing you from completing your daily tasks? Does the pain keep you up at night? Does it keep you from participating in activities that you enjoy? If so, you may have thought about joint replacement surgery, but you probably have questions: Which procedures are best? What alternatives should be sought first?

What is joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is the removal and replacement of a damaged joint with a new artificial joint. Some or all of the joint may be removed and replaced, depending on your condition. Some advanced surgical procedures, like the MAKO® knee resurfacing procedure, produce results that are similar to joint replacement surgery without fully replacing the joint. In the MAKO®procedure, for example, only the portions of the joint that have degenerated due to osteoarthritis are removed; a small implant is then inserted into the knee to facilitate motion.

Why does a joint degenerate?

Bone is a living tissue, which requires a blood supply and nutrients in order to sustain itself and regenerate. Over time, bone matter may degenerate and become prone to fracturing (osteoporosis), which may lead to joint degeneration. Cartilage is a protein substance that acts as a cushion between bones. The disease of cartilage (osteoarthritis) can also lead to joint degeneration.

Osteoarthritis may cause joint degeneration during old age. However, joints with healthy articular cartilage may degenerate over time if the surrounding ligaments are weak or if the bones bear weight unevenly, creating stress in a particular area of the joint.

Do I need to have my hip/knee/shoulder replaced?

Only a physician can answer this question. If you’re having severe joint pain, an orthopedic surgeon may evaluate your joint to see if you’re a candidate. During the evaluation, the physician may test your range of motion, strength, and ask you to describe the pain in your joint. Further diagnostic testing may include a CT scan, MRI, x-ray, bone densitometry test, or blood test for arthritis.

Is joint replacement common?

Today, joint replacement surgery is an option for more people than ever. With certain technologies, like MAKO® total hip replacement, many patients are able to walk the same day as their joint replacement procedure and return to their normal lives shortly thereafter.

Not only are hip replacements more convenient and commonplace today; so are knee replacements. A recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that the number of knee replacements performed annually has doubled since 1991, and is expected to reach 3.5 million per year by 2030. Furthermore, length of stay has decreased by more than half.

What is an artificial joint made of?

Different surgeons and hospitals use different materials for artificial joints. The most common materials used in artificial joints are plastic, ceramic, and metals, such as titanium, chrome, stainless steel, or cobalt alloys. Sometimes a combination of materials may be used. This new artificial joint may be cemented into the bone or attached without cement. Artificial joints wear down over time, and will need to be replaced in younger active patients after 10 to 15 years.

What options do I have before joint replacement surgery?

Surgery should always be considered a last resort, even when the rate of risk and complication is relatively low. Steroid injections, cortisone, anti-inflammatory medicines, and physical therapy are all options for managing pain. However, once the cartilage in a joint has degenerated, it will not repair itself or regenerate. Depending on the severity of your pain and/or the level of activity you enjoy, joint replacement surgery may be necessary.

Knee Replacement Surgery Options

At The Center for Precision Joint Replacement at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, some patients have the option of choosing the MAKO® partial knee resurfacing procedure. This innovative procedure has a remarkably low failure rate of just 0.4 percent two years after surgery. The surgery is performed in a minimally invasive fashion, using an advanced robotic arm system that allows for pinpoint accuracy and optimum implant placement.

Outpatient Therapy

Individualized Programs to Meet Your Needs

We understand how difficult it is, both physically and psychologically, to get back on your feet after surgery or a serious health issue. We also understand that each person who enters our clinic is unique and has individual needs. That’s why our program features one-on-one treatments involving you and your physical therapists,

At Salt Lake Regional, our experienced physical therapy team works closely with you to develop an individualized program that is designed to help you.

  • Relieve pain
  • Improve balance
  • Increase mobility
  • Increase strength
  • Reduce impairments
  • Limit permanent disabilities

Comprehensive Services for a Wide Variety of Health Issues

At Salt Lake Regional, we believe in treating the whole person, not just a condition. When we first meet with you, we conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the best course of treatment to meet your specific needs and goals. In addition to focusing on your primary complaint, we also take into consideration how your diagnosis affects you as a whole.

We pride ourselves on fostering a supportive and encouraging environment for patients of all types and ages. No matter your age or physical ability level, and whether you are suffering from a debilitating disorder, chronic pain or a recent injury, we are here to help. All of our therapists are skilled clinicians who specialize in assessing and treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction — no matter the root cause.

Our team has extensive experience treating a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Back and neck disorders
  • Balance disorders
  • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  • Lymphedema
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Pelvic floor disorders (incontinence)
  • Pilates
  • Recovery from orthopedic surgery/injury
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Senior health issues
  • Women and men’s health issues.
  • Work-related injuries.

Evidence-based Medicine for Real Results

Evidence-based medicine employs the best available evidence gained from scientific research to help health care professionals optimize treatment programs. At Salt Lake Regional, our physical therapy team combines evidence-based medicine, proven medical techniques and practical experience to provide effective and efficient patient examinations, diagnoses and treatment options. We apply a variety of therapeutic techniques within each individualized program and closely monitor your progress.

Individualized programs may include:

  • Physical exercise.
  • Body mechanic training.
  • Muscle stimulation.
  • Neurological re-education.
  • Mobility/gait training.


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  • 1050 E South Temple
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102