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department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Departmental Overview


The Temple University Health System consolidated its behavioral health programs from Temple-Main Campus and Neumann Medical Center in 2002 and moved them to Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus (TUH-EC) as part of the North Philadelphia revitalization program. The program at TUH-EC consists of a 118-bed inpatient behavioral health program, comprised of 74 acute care and 44 extended acute care beds and has one of the five Crisis Response Centers (CRCs) in the Philadelphia region. Embedded in the CRC is a 23-hour bed program which evaluates and stabilizes patients up to 23 hours and has an 85% diversion rate from acute inpatient care. The inpatient program has a track for the intensive treatment of patients with co-existing disorders of mental illness and substance abuse and another track for those patients with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. The clinical services are busy and the CRC has the highest patient volume in the Philadelphia region. An internist provides medical evaluations for all new admissions and also does all medical consults seven days a week. The chairman of Neurology makes neurology rounds once a week with the inpatient psychiatry residents and medical students and answers all consults.

 

Additionally, TUH-EC has a 21-bed sub acute medical unit. Psychiatric consults are answered by attending medical staff and at times accompanied by medical students. There is also a medical emergency room staffed by the Emergency Medicine Department of Temple University School of Medicine. There are approximately 37,000 visits a year.

 

TUH-EC has a Department of Radiology and laboratory services so that most routine tests are run on the campus.