Unity Center for Behavioral Health
This unprecedented collaboration of four health systems provides a combination of emergency and inpatient services as well as robust transition to outpatient services and embraces the concepts of hope, recovery and resilience. The center serves as an innovative setting to train a wide range of future health care providers.
The center includes 22 beds for adolescents, 80 adult patient beds, a Psychiatric Emergency Service and will also co-locate navigators from organizations that provide community behavioral health services, helping to coordinate continued support to patients after discharge. The Unity Center for Behavioral Health is located on Legacy Health's Holladay Park campus in Northeast Portland.
Unity in the News
The Unity Center for Behavioral Health opened in January of 2017. Since its' inception, Unity has taken a leading position in providing emergency psychiatric care with its unified inpatient and Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) facility. Chris Farentinos, M.B.A. provides a look into year 1 for Unity and what the future will bring. Please click here to listen to the excellent OHSU Week Podcast with Ms. Farentinos.Emergency Departments can be a stressful place for patients going through a mental health crisis. The Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland is a different kind of hospital. OHSU's Psychiatry Department and Unity leadership speak about how Unity was created and the services it provides in an excellent OHSU Story.
Join the Team
We are actively recruiting for the following:
Psychiatric Emergency Services Physicians (IRC 51241) –These full or part-time clinical positions for board-eligible/board-certified psychiatrists provide care for patients presenting to the Psychiatric Emergency Service.
Positions include academic appointment and will be employed by Oregon Health & Science University. The division is a fully accredited training program that delivers collaborative, high quality, compassionate, cost effective service that promotes education, research and clinical leadership.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (IRC52163) –We have an outstanding opportunity for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in the State of Oregon. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Unity Center for Behavioral Health provides mental health care to patients in the Psychiatry Emergency Services unit. Academic rank begins at the level of Instructor and may be higher depending upon credentials. All applicants must be licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Greg Miller, M.D., M.B.A., is the Chief Medical Officer of Unity Center for Behavioral Health. Dr. Miller is a member of the faculty in the OHSU Department of Psychiatry under the direction for George Keepers, M.D., chair of the Department.
Dr. Miller comes to Unity Center from the State of New York Office of Mental Health, where he served as medical director for adult services. He is also clinical associate professor at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. After practicing as a psychiatric nurse for four years, Dr. Miller received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1986. After an internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he completed his residency in psychiatry at New York Hospital/ Cornell Medical School.
Anne F. Gross, M.D. serves as Unity's PES Medical Director. Dr. Gross completed medical school at Emory University and her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital and her fellowship at MGH. She was also active in residency education at MGH. She joined the faculty at OHSU in July of 2011 as an assistant professor and inpatient psychiatrist within the Department of Psychiatry. In October 2011 she served as the psychiatry residency training director. Since her arrival, Dr. Gross has been actively teaching and training medical students and residents on the consultation and inpatient services.
Keith Cheng, M.D., serves as the interim Child and Adolescent Medical Director at Unity. Dr. Cheng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU. He has a longstanding interest in psychiatric education. In 2010 he joined OHSU's Child Division to develop services in their outpatient clinic, and the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Kids (OPAL-K). The OPAL-K project mission is to provide Oregonian pediatricians and family practitioners psychiatric consultation so their patients can have their mental health needs optimally met in primary care settings.
Our Unity Providers
Tara O'Connor, PMHNP
Melinda Sherman, PMHNP
Jeanne Bereiter, M.D.