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What is the hospital unit?

The following review is in response to questions from patients who are anticipating admission to the Headache Treatment Unit (HTU) at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

The hospital program is an acute medical unit that provides services for patients with severe and intractable head, neck, and other pain disorders. Services are provided with an intensity which is not possible on an outpatient basis and may include accelerated efforts directed at pain reduction, detoxification (when needed), intravenous and vigorous preventive medication regimens, behavioral modification, and other aggressive interventions.

The hospital program is directed by Dr. Joel Saper, Director of MHNI, who leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals on daily "rounds" from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Each patient is seen during this time and needed changes to an individual's program are made.