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 Erlanger Behavioral Health 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 Erlanger Behavioral Health 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.

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Meet the Staff at Erlanger Behavioral Health

John P. Hendrick, MD, DFAPA

Medical Director

John P. Hendrick, MD, DFAPA, is a respected leader who brings considerable experience and a wealth of insights to his position as medical director of Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital.

Dr. Hendrick came to Erlanger from Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he served for 14 years. He joined the VA as chief of inpatient psychiatric services at Mountain Home VAMC. In 2012, he was promoted to chief of psychiatric services.

He has also served as medical director of Pine Ridge Treatment Center in Cleveland, TN; attending psychiatrist at Parkridge Valley Hospital in Chattanooga, TN; and medical director of Lee County Medical Health Clinic in Sanford, NC.

Dr. Hendrick is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Eastern Tennessee State University, where he is a two-time recipient of the Psychiatry Residency Teacher of the Year Award. He has also received an Irma J. Bland Award for Residency Teaching from the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Hendrick’s areas of expertise include mood and thought disorders, electroconvulsive therapy, and the psychiatric aspects of behavioral neurology.

Dr. Hendrick graduated from the Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed his psychiatry training. He is board-certified in general adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has served as president of the Chattanooga Psychiatric Association and the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, and he is the immediate past president of the Southern Psychiatric Association. He is also a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (DFAPA).

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