Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit

Hope and Direction

The Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit in Fort Morgan, Colorado, is a 14 patient/7 room acute unit that specializes in treating patients 55 years of age and above who have behavioral issues related to dementia and/or psychiatric issues.  We work with individuals in which the disease process is causing behaviors that make life difficult in an individuals's living situation.  We believe that the last years of life should not be a struggle, and our goal is to help ease the struggles and improve the quality of life. This is accomplished with a combination of medications and behavioral interventions.

In our program, each patient has a treatment team of medical and clinical professionals.  They work together to pinpoint the nature of the program and help the patients and their families begin adjusting to the disease process of dementia.  The average length of stay is 14 - 21 days.

Program Content

  • Comprehensive medical and psychiatric evaluation
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Supportive group therapy
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Family direction and support
  • Nutritional services
  • Therapeutic exercise/stress reduction
  • Pastoral services per patient request
  • Medication managment and education
  • Behavioral management
  • 24-hour nursing and medical support
  • Collaboration with family for safe discharge plans

We Provide

Initial Assessment: A confidential assessment is performed by a Mental Health Professional at no cost to assist in determining the need for treatment.

Diagnosis: A comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s physical, mental and emotional condition forms the basis for diagnosis and treatment planning.

Medical Insurances

At this time, we are able to accept Medicare with supplemental plans; secondary Medicaid plans; PERA Retirement plans; and Innovage.

Unfortunately, those with primary Medicaid, HMO Medicare buy-out plans, Humana, United Health Care, VA, or Kaiser Insurance are not covered for our services.

Warning Signs

If someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms below, call the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit for a confidential assessment

  • Depression
  • Significant personality changes
  • Numerous, unexplained physical ailments or changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Confused thinking, inability to concentrate and/or memory loss
  • Excessive fears, anxieties or suspiciousness, increased nervousness
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and others
  • Abuse of alcohol or medications
  • Growing inability to cope with daily living resulting in unsafe behaviors
  • Hallucinations, hearing voices

How are Referrals Made?

Directly or by phone to our staff:

  • By individuals or family members
  • By residential care centers, service agencies, or mental health providers
  • By primary care physicians or other physician specialists

For a confidential screening call: (970) 542-4460

About our Medical Director

Dr. E. Omar Ruiloba, MD, has served as our medical director since 2011.  After receiving his Master of Sciences degree in pharmacology at Loma Linda University in California, Dr. Ruiloba decided that he would like to practice medicine in an environment where he could have a lot of patient contact.  He decided that a career as a psychiatrist would allow him to combine his pharmacology knowledge and his desire to help people.  Dr. Ruiloba's psychiatry residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in El Paso, Texas, where he served as chief resident of the department.  Prior to coming on staff at Colorado Plains Medical Center, Dr. Ruiloba had served as a staff psychiatrist for the Kingman Arizona Mohave Mental Health Clinic where he provided outpatient and consulting services in the Kingman, Arizona, area for a number of those years.  Dr. Ruiloba is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  When not treating patients, Dr. Ruiloba and his wife, Alfa, enjoy traveling and taking their family dog, Monet, for walks.


What resources exist outside inpatient care?

In August of 2012, the department expanded its number of beds and added a new Intensive Outpatient Program called Healthier You.  The Healthier You program is designed to treat adults age 55 and older who have a primary psychiatric diagnosis which interferes with their daily functiong.  This intensive outpatient program (IOP) incorporates a variety of treatment modalities (individual, group, and family therapies; skills training; functional assessments; medication; monitoring; and educational groups) on a daily basis and is structured to meet the indiviudal needs of each person.  Clients attend the program 2-4 days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  Program participants meet at Colorado Plains Medical Center's  Behavioral Health Unit on athe campus of the hospital.

A referral can be made by individuals or family members; residential care centers, service agencies, or mental health providers; or primary care physicians or other physician specialists.  For questions regarding program admission criteria or a free, confidential assessment, please contact our department at (970) 542-4364.