Inpatient

About the Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit
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The Destination for Acute Headache Sufferers

Our inpatient unit was not only the first inpatient headache clinic in Chicago, but also the first headache center in the entire country to offer a complete, dedicated inpatient option. Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, our 43-bed unit at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is the optimal destination for inpatient migraine and headache treatment. At our inpatient facility, acute headache sufferers — whether they are pediatric, adult or older adult patients — experience the benefits of early intervention and working individually with our team of headache specialists.

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For Adult Patients

  • Rooms in the inpatient unit at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital are private; however, other patients on the unit are also under treatment by the Diamond Headache Clinic physicians, so be prepared to interact with and respect the needs of all other patients.
  • Write a journal while you're at the hospital. Use it to talk to your family about your treatment and remind you of the things you learned about staying well.
  • Our Continuum of Care means that the same doctor who treated you in our clinic will direct your treatments at the hospital. You will see other doctors and caregivers, but a Diamond Headache Clinic physician will be there every day to make sure your treatments are going well.
  • You have a say in what happens to you. We will listen to you and make sure you know how to keep your headaches under control.
  • Ask questions. We will take the time to give you an answer you understand.

Preparing Your Loved Ones for Your Hospitalization

The great news is, your time with the Diamond Headache Clinic will get you on the right track to understanding and coping with your headache condition. While you are with us, the focus must be on participation in our program, so we have provided this list of tips to help you talk to your loved ones about what to expect and how to prepare for your treatment:

  • Hotel accommodations are available nearby. Please call our New Patient Representative at (773) 388-6398 for some recommendations.
  • Reassure your spouse/partner and children that you will be safe during your treatment. To the best of your ability, give them a time line as to when you will leave and when you will return.
  • Encourage children to make artwork or write letters to you while you're gone.
  • Explain to your loved ones what will occur at the hospital, and encourage them to review our Weekly Schedule for exact program times and topics.

Give your loved ones contact information for Presence Saint Joseph Hospital and explain our communication policy. Let them know exactly how to contact you in case of an emergency.

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For Pediatric Patients

  • Rooms in the inpatient pediatric unit at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital are private; however, some patients on the pediatric unit are not under treatment by the Diamond Headache Clinic, so be prepared to interact with and respect the needs of all the other patients.
  • Adolescents and teens will not be allowed to use cellular phones or mobile devices while at the inpatient unit. Access to telephones and the Internet will be provided to your child only with your permission.

Now that you know what to expect and how to prepare your child, we encourage your child to read the points below to help him or her understand what to expect and how to get involved in treatment right away.

For Kids and Teens Only — Preparing Yourself for Hospitalization

Having headaches is not fun. Often, it means less time with friends, missing school days, and having trouble getting along with your family. It's just not fun. The great news is, your time at the Diamond Headache Clinic will get you on the right track to feeling yourself again, and having fun. Here are a few things we want you to know before you come to the hospital:

  • This is a good unit with doctors, nurses and other staff who care about you. Everyone will be trying to help you get better fast so you can get back to being with friends, going to school and participating in activities.
  • You have a say in what happens to you. We will listen to you and make sure you know how to keep your headaches under control.
  • Our Continuum of Care means that the same doctor who treated you in our clinic will direct your treatments at the hospital. You will see other doctors and caregivers, but a Diamond Headache Clinic doctor will be there every day to make sure your treatments are going well.
  • Ask questions. We will take the time to give you an answer you understand.
  • Write a journal while you're at the hospital. Use it to talk to your family about your treatment. Tell them in your own words how to help you get well and stay well. They have not been through the treatment with you, so they'll need your help to understand. Your journal also will help you remember the things you've learned while you're at the hospital.

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Preparing for Hospitalization: The Basics

Packing a suitcase for your stay at the inpatient unit might seem like a low priority right now; however, bringing needed information and familiar items can quickly help provide the stability and comfort you or your loved one will need. We feel it’s important to emphasize the following points and recommendations before admission to our inpatient unit:

  • Pack clothing to last for 7 – 10 days. If the patient is your child, you may want to let him or her pack the suitcase with items that are important, including photos of family, friends and pets, to help your child cope with homesickness. Be sure that he or she also packs the essentials! Please note that Chicago is a four-season climate with unpredictable weather. Check local forecasts before packing.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID card (driver’s license, passport or other official ID) and your Social Security number. If the patient is your child, you’ll also need to bring a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate and his or her Social Security number.

Severe Headache Treatment Options at Presence Saint Joseph

Every aspect of the Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit is designed to encourage well behavior, teaching patients to cope with pain in healthy, constructive ways. While at the unit, patients wear street clothes and participate in recreational and therapeutic programs. Relapse into pain behaviors, such as withdrawal or lack of routine, are discouraged. Diagnosis and treatment are presented with a multidisciplinary approach. A team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, dietitians, physical and activity therapists, and counselors is involved in the care of each patient.

Specific therapy methods that may be used include:

  • Individualized Drug Therapy
    Recommendations are made based on diagnosis and previous response to therapy. Some patients benefit from multiple drugs (co-pharmaceutical approach), which requires close monitoring by the unit’s full-time pharmacist.
  • Psychological Intervention
    Patients participate in group sessions. If indicated in the treatment plan, individual psychological or psychiatric counseling may be initiated.
  • Biofeedback Training
    This non-drug therapy augments other therapies and is extremely helpful to many patients.
  • Physical and Activity Therapy
    Clinic physicians may prescribe physical therapy and such activities as stress management, relaxation training and art therapy. Patient education, discussion groups, meetings with the staff pharmacist and classes with the dietician are a few of our program’s aspects that help patients learn to understand the causes of headaches and the principles of successful treatment.
  • Alternative Therapies
    Massage therapy and acupuncture complement the treatment program, helping patients relieve stress and tension.
  • Detoxification
    Medically supervised withdrawal from analgesic medications is often necessary to lessen or eliminate drug dependency. Patients will receive the necessary support while stopping these drugs or decreasing their caffeine intake.
  • Family Involvement
    Family members are encouraged to be involved in the program. This is important, since family understanding often relieves anger and frustration caused by the patient’s behavior. It also identifies behaviors by family members that may contribute to stress on the patient.

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About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital: A Partner in Excellence

The Continuum of Care we've established at the Diamond Headache Clinic would not be complete without Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. 

Founded in 1868 along the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan, this hospital has an incredible legacy of excellence in treatment. Its physicians and staff, including the hand-selected team at our Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit, receive countless awards every year for advancing medical care. The entire hospital received a five-star rating by the independent health-care-ratings company, HealthGrades®, and a top, nine-star rating in the 2009 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Star Report. 

Like its bariatric, cancer, stroke and heart centers, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital established our Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit as a treatment destination for acute headache sufferers. The 43-bed unit offers the benefits of early intervention, as well as one-on-one interaction with a team of headache specialists. Every medical staff member on the Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit works only on Diamond Headache Clinic patients. That means that the pharmacist, physical and recreational therapist, dietitian, biofeedback technicians and nurses are focused only on the care of each patient under our treatment.

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital worked hand-in-hand with our team to design every nuance of the Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit around a headache patient’s needs. The lighting is lower. The wall colors are warmer. The artwork and décor are underwhelming. It reflects a true understanding of what it's like to experience a severe headache condition.

While family and caregivers are visiting the Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit, the hospital's convenient location provides easy access to nearby hotels, restaurants and other hospitality and transportation needs. For information on accommodations and getting around, please click here.

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