Published on August 25, 2020

Brandywine Hospital – Tower Health Offers Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Coatesville, PA., August 25, 2020 – At a time when many people and their loved ones are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, Brandywine Hospital – Tower Health would like to remind the community that it offers comprehensive behavioral health services in a safe and clean environment at its campus in Caln Township.

“Now, more than ever, many people are in need of behavioral health services,” said Brandywine Hospital Interim CEO Vik Acharya. “The Brandywine Behavioral Health team is here for our community and willing to help individuals with any challenges they may be facing during these difficult times.”

The compassionate team at Brandywine Behavioral Health offers a broad range of services, including a 64-bed, acute care inpatient facility that provides three distinct programs: Older Adult, General Adult and Eating Disorders. The Behavioral Health staff, which is available 24 hours a day, every day, also diagnoses and treats those with anxiety/panic, bipolar disorder, depression, impulsive behaviors, thought disturbances, and suicidal thoughts.

“Brandywine Behavioral Health believes recovery is possible for every person dealing with a psychiatric diagnosis,” said Wei Du, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at Brandywine Hospital and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine. “In fact, we believe identifying one’s strengths is crucial to his or her recovery and future. It is from this principle that our mission was born: to provide programming that is strength-based, trauma-informed and recovery-focused.”

When a person is experiencing a mental health problem, he or she can access help by receiving an evaluation by a dedicated behavioral health admissions team located within the Brandywine Hospital Emergency Department. Based on this assessment, the behavioral health team will assist the patient in accessing appropriate and necessary services.

Those in need of inpatient services at Brandywine Behavioral Health experience care in a clean and safe setting. Several safety protocols have been implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including enhanced social distancing in patient care areas, rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures, COVID-19 screenings for caregivers and patients, and face mask requirements for patients and staff. One of the most exciting innovations is a special robot that delivers virus-killing ultraviolet energy. Brandywine Hospital uses the robot in operating rooms, the Emergency Department, Behavioral Health Pavilion, and other patient areas.

In addition to behavioral health inpatient care, the hospital launched its first-ever residency program in psychiatry. The first-year class of the Tower Health-Brandywine Hospital General Psychiatry Residency Program began July 1, 2020 and has eight residents in its first cohort. The four-year accredited general psychiatry residency program offers training in inpatient, outpatient, consultation-liaison, geriatric, community, substance abuse, and child and adolescent psychiatry in a range of clinical settings throughout the Philadelphia area.

Additionally, Brandywine Hospital now has an outpatient behavioral health provider on its campus. Human Services, Inc., a private, nonprofit community mental health center, operates a satellite office in Brandywine Hospital’s Huston Center.

“While anyone can access treatment at this location, it effectively provides a real collaborative opportunity for patients and clients who visit the Brandywine Hospital campus to access outpatient behavioral health services within the same campus – providing for a true integrated healthcare model,” said David B. Klein, Director of Admissions & Regionalization Behavioral Health at Brandywine Hospital.

To learn more about Brandywine Behavioral Health, please call 610-383-4980 or visit: https://brandywine.towerhealth.org/services/behavioral-health-services/.

About Brandywine Hospital

Located in Chester County, Pa., and a member of Tower Health, Brandywine Hospital is a nonprofit, 171-bed acute-care hospital with private rooms that has been providing high-quality, compassionate care in the community for more than 100 years. The hospital's key services include cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, behavioral health (adult, older adult), general and robotic surgery, specialized care for eating disorders, and outpatient services (radiology/women's imaging, laboratory, cardio-pulmonary, occupational, physical and speech therapy, primary care, and wound care). Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Brandywine Hospital is also an accredited Chest Pain Center by the American Academy of Cardiology and the recipient of The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for excellence in acute myocardial infarction, hip replacement, knee replacement, stroke, and wound care. For more information, visit www.brandywine.towerhealth.org.