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N.C. Neurosciences Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry

Welcome to the home page for the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry! The goals of Inpatient Psychiatry Management are to continue to deliver high quality, comprehensive, and holistic care to our patients and families at a reasonable cost; to continue to create a positive workplace environment where staff is valued, have input into their work, and thrive professionally.

The Psychotic Disorders Unit located on 3 Neuroscience (NSH), is an 18-bed adult unit designated for the diagnosis and treatment of psychotic disorders.  Nursing is a vital part of an interdisciplinary treatment team which completes assessments, targeted treatments and medication management within a mental health recovery model.  Nurses provide groups and patient/family education

The Crisis Stabilization Unit, 4NSH-North, is a 15-bed adult unit which provides for crisis stabilization and support for patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. The interdisciplinary treatment team completes rapid, comprehensive assessments and goal-directed treatment planning.

The Geropsychiatry Unit, 4NSH-South, is a 15-bed unit that specializes in diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in older adults. The interdisciplinary team focuses upon restorative care, helping the patient achieve the highest level of functioning possible.

The Child and Adolescent Units (5NSH North and South) serve adolescents (10 beds) ages 13-17 and children (8 beds) ages 4-12. The interdisciplinary team utilizes a variety of modalities to diagnose and treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Families are heavily involved in the treatment process and patient/family education is a pivotal intervention.
The Eating Disorders Unit (5EDU) also located on 5NSH-South, is a 10-bed unit that focuses on the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in patients between the ages of 14-adult. The interdisciplinary team provides evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy plus specialized group treatments such as media awareness, body image, and healthy eating. Patients may also participate in the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Treatment components of UNC Hospitals Eating Disorders Program.

We invite you to spend some time getting to know all of us and the great work that our staff is doing at the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital.


Barbara-Ann Bybel, DHA, MSN, NEA-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Psychiatry Inpatient Services

Inpatient Psychiatry Leadership Team

3 Neurosciences 
Daniel Pater, RN, BSN, PMHN-BC, Patient Services Manager


4 Neurosciences and Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT)
Lynne Burns, RN, BSN, MSN, Patient Services Manager


5 Neurosciences, Eating Disorder Unit
Maureen Bellavia, RN-BC, BSN, CCM, Patient Services Manager


3 Neurosciences
Maria Bunch, RN, BSN, PMHNP-BC, Clinical Nurse IV


4 Neurosciences
Amy E. Jordan, RN-BC, BSN, Clinical Nurse IV


5 Neurosciences Eating Disorder Unit
Sylvia Lesniak, RN-BC, BSN, Clinial Nurse IV


Eating Disorders Unit
Juanita Farrington, RN-BC, BSN, Clinical Nurse IV


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