Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

The Jason Foundation

Southwood Hospital is proud to be an affiliate of The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI). Together, we can all work to raise awareness about, and one day end, youth suicide.

What The Jason Foundation, Inc. Is

When Clark Flatt lost his 16-year-old son Jason to youth suicide in 1997, he found out just how common this issue is nationwide. To help make strides in ending this deadly epidemic, Clark developed The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI). This organization is a non-profit that focuses on raising awareness about youth suicide and educating all members of communities throughout the country on how to recognize and help at-risk youth. Some of the many advances that JFI has made to demolish youth suicide include creating a school-based curriculum for students and numerous online staff development programs. All of these services are free of charge.


In Pennsylvania:

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school age youth (12 – 18).
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for college age youth (18 – 22).

The Pennsylvania Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:

  • Almost 1 out of 6 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
  • Almost 1 out of 13 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months

Learn More

Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is obliged to partner with JFI to put a stop to youth suicide. Individuals living and/or residing in Pennsylvania and who are interested in participating in the fight against this type of suicide can reach out to Southwood Psychiatric Hospital to obtain more information, get training on how to identify and recognize at-risk young people, and access the correct resources. All of the materials supplied through JFI and Southwood Psychiatric Hospital are provided for free.

To learn more information about Southwood Psychiatric Hospital’s partnership with JFI, please contact us. Visit to get more information about Clark Flatt and The Jason Foundation, Inc.

I give Southwood a big thanks — they were the help that I have been looking for. The staff was wonderful!

– Former client