Behavioral Health Patients at Saint Clare’s Health Can Expect to
Receive Treatment if They are Either COVID Positive or COVID Negative
Boonton Twp, NJ (June 19, 2020) – Saint Clare’s Behavioral
Health has put procedures in place to make it possible to treat both COVID-19
positive and COVID-19 negative patients who have behavioral health issues.
Therefore, the Behavioral Health Unit is accepting COVID-19 positive patients
and has adapted to the challenge. Various procedures are in place to admit
both COVID-19 and behavioral health patients that need hospitalization.
“People who feel they may be COVID-19 positive and have behavioral
health issues should not refrain from contacting our behavioral health
professionals. We have been able to admit and/or treat almost everyone
we see,” said Rebecca Light, Administrative Director Behavioral
Health, Acute Care and Nursing.
Below is a synopsis of Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health procedures
in treating COVID positive behavioral patients.
- Patients coming from the emergency department, psychiatric emergency services,
or another facility must wait for COVID-19 test results prior to transfer
to our Boonton Twp. facility.
- If being referred by through the walk-in clinic, or Central Evaluating
and Referral Services (CER), at the Boonton Twp. campus, the patient will
be swabbed for COVID-19 on admission. Patients can be admitted to the
in-patient unit; however, they must remain in isolation in a single room
until test results are obtained.
- Adult crisis intervention service patients whose COVID test results come
back negative prior to admission will be admitted to the Psychiatric Medical
Care Unit (PMCU) in Dover.
- Patients who are in Children’s Crisis Intervention Services, the
Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, or the Alcohol & Chemical Dependency
Unit whose COVID-19 test results come back negative prior to or on admission
will be admitted to their respective units in accordance with the hospital’s
What about those with asymptomatic positive results?
- Patients from the Adult Crisis Intervention Services, the Alcohol Chemical
Dependency Unit and mentally manageable PMCU patients who are asymptomatic
or recovered but whose COVID-19 test comes back positive will be admitted
under the appropriate admissions qualifications and placed on the Adult
Crisis Intervention Services Unit for treatment.
- Children’s Crisis Intervention patients who test positive and require
admission to the unit will be isolated in the unit with isolation precautions in place.
- Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit patients who test positive and require
admission to the unit will be isolated. Isolation and COVID-19 precautions
remain in place.
All patients will be encouraged to wear a mask while in the in-patient
units and all patient masks must be signed out daily to ensure safety
and all groups and meals must be carried out in a manner conducive to
maintaining social distancing between all patients. In other words, meals
will be taken in smaller and more frequent groups and tables and chairs
will be spread out for meals.
“All in all, we cannot emphasize enough that if you feel you need
any form of behavioral health services call Central Evaluation Services
at 1-888-626-2111. Patients are rarely turned away because they are COVID
positive or symptomatic,” said Dr. Sarabjit Singh, Behavioral Health
About Saint Clare’s Health
Saint Clare’s Health is a
CMS 5 Star Rated and an award-winning provider of safe, high quality, compassionate care,
serving the communities of Morris and Sussex counties. Its network of
hospitals and healthcare facilities include Denville Hospital, Dover Hospital,
Behavioral Health Centers in Boonton, Denville, and Parsippany, and an
Imaging Center in Parsippany, among other satellite locations. To learn
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CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) 5 Star Rating is based
on 100 rigorously tested quality measures at more than 4,000 Medicare
certified hospitals as well as Veteran Health Administration and military
health system hospitals.
Saint Clare’s Health is Joint Commission accredited and both Saint
Clare’s Denville Hospital and Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital have been recognized by the following third-party organizations:
- Leapfrog A Rating for Patient Safety
- One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention
American Heart Association recognitions for:
- Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
- Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award
- Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center – Gold Plus Quality
Achievement Award 2018
- Three Year Accreditation Award with Commendation by the American College
of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
- Accreditations by the American College of Radiology in Radiation Oncology
and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital’s Echocardiology Laboratory at has been recognized by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation
of Echocardiology Laboratories and the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation
of Vascular Laboratories. It is also a recipient of the International
Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Care Award.
Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital has received Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality
Improvement Program (MBSAQUP) Comprehensive Center Designation Joint Commission
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