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Crozer-Keystone Moves Drug & Alcohol and Mental Health Services to Hospital Campus in Chester

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By Rich Leonowitz

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Kevin Caputo, M.D.

Crozer-Keystone Health System’s outpatient addiction recovery and mental health services are relocating from Community Hospital to the new Community Campus, 301 W. 15th St. in Chester, Pa. The move will begin in mid-January and conclude by mid-February.

The Crozer-Keystone Drug and Alcohol Access Center will be relocated to Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s emergency department, directly across the street from the Community Campus. No services are being eliminated in this transition.

The move and proximity to Crozer means patients will have immediate access to a complete continuum of behavioral health and acute care services on an advanced health care campus. Crozer already offers inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation, outpatient psychiatry, crisis services, and an inpatient psychiatric unit, which is also located at Community Campus.

“Crozer-Keystone has become a destination for behavioral health care in the Philadelphia five-county region, including our highly-regarded drug and alcohol programs,” said health system CEO, Sharif Omar. “Bringing all of these services together will improve access and patient experience, and because of the close proximity to a full-service acute care hospital, can positively impact clinical outcomes.”

Behavioral health services offered by Crozer-Keystone have become heralded and earned recognition throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The range of services includes inpatient and outpatient substance abuse, crisis intervention, outpatient counseling, and inpatient psychiatric treatment. The health system boasts one of the first opioid treatment centers of excellence in Pennsylvania, which helped more than 1,000 clients in its first six months of service. Both Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and Pa. Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller have visited the site to recognize the team’s best practices.

The health system offers inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation at Crozer, along with outpatient programs for pregnant women who are challenged with opiate use disorder. “In recent years, we’ve built a formidable service line of addiction treatment and mental health programs,” explained Kevin Caputo, M.D., chair of psychiatry and vice president of behavioral health. “The need for these services is tremendous, given the epidemic status of opioid abuse. As long as the need exists at this troubling level, we will continue to strategically evolve with comprehensive clinical programs.”

It has been a priority during this relocation to keep services and jobs in the city of Chester, explained Crozer president, Michael Curran. “Our goal has always been to keep behavioral health services accessible and comprehensive, but the results of this relocation also keep all relevant tax dollars in the city of Chester. We are keeping our commitment to this community.”

The health system has been preparing for the relocation of Community Hospital for several years, in order to consolidate and maximize services on the Crozer campus.

For information about services at Community Campus during the transition, please contact 610-619-8600 for addiction recovery services and 610-619-8700 for mental health services.

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