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Perinatal Mental Health Services Now Available

In Brief
  • Perinatal mental health services are now available at Community Hospital. 
  • The program provides psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy and case management, as needed, for women 16 and older. 
  • Women who should seek treatment include those who: have pre-existing psychiatric illnesses and who are planning a pregnancy; are pregnant and seeking treatment for a psychiatric illness; have given birth in the last year and suffer from postpartum depression; have experienced a miscarriage or the death of an infant within the last year.

Perinatal mental health services are now available at Community Hospital. This program provides psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy and case management, as needed, for women 16 and older. 

Women who should seek treatment include those who: have pre-existing psychiatric illnesses and who are planning a pregnancy; are currently pregnant and seeking treatment for a psychiatric illness; have given birth in the last year and suffer from postpartum depression; have experienced a miscarriage or the death of an infant within the last year.

Jane Summers, M.D., staff psychiatrist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and Sarah Falgowski, M.D., attending psychiatrist at Community Hospital, treat women with these special needs. In addition to psychiatrists, the team is comprised of licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, licensed social workers, and licensed professional counselors.

“Psychiatric illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period is very common and is widely underdiagnosed and untreated. Our hope at Community Hospital is to reach out to a traditionally underserved community and provide access to the most up-to-date perinatal services,” Falgowski says.

Services available to patients include:

  • Individualized treatment: The plan of care considers the needs, goals, strengths and interventions required to improve quality of life.
  • Cultural competency: The program is aware of, respectful of and sensitive to the cultures and backgrounds of those with whom they work.
  • Community integration: Contact is maintained with the individual’s support network in the community, treatment team and/or support staff from other agencies and providers.

“This is an exciting new program that will help patients access perinatal services who may not have the opportunity elsewhere,” says Kevin P. Caputo, M.D., president of Community Hospital, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and vice president of Behavioral Health for Crozer-Keystone Health System. 

Patients can call for an appointment at (610) 874-5257 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and (610) 497-7700 at Community Hospital. Patients should ask for a perinatal service appointment. The program is not limited to patients who have had a baby at Crozer-Chester Medical Center or Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

Crozer-Keystone Health System has Delaware County’s largest staff of board-certified psychiatrists and is prepared to deliver comprehensive physical and emotional diagnosis and treatment for a range of issues.

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