Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 White Deer Run Treatment Network 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at White Deer Run Treatment Network.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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

Our Staff

Joel Last, MD


Dr. Last is a psychiatrist who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and has been practicing psychiatry in Western Pennsylvania since 1991. He has his own full-time practice and has for the past ten years. Prior to that, Dr. Last has been affiliated with Excella Health, and has been on staff at Latrobe, Westmoreland, Jeanette, and Frick Hospitals. He has also served as the Director of Psychiatric Services for over ten years at Cove Forge.

Dr. Last uses natural remedies as well in his approach to wellbeing and recovery. He has used the Serenity Prayer as the basis for helping clients to deal with anxiety and depression. He has over 18 years of experience in treating adolescents and those with drug and alcohol/co-occurring issues.

Dr. Last completed his residency in psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 1990. His training in psychiatry spans the spectrum from the biological approaches to the treatment of mental health, to the Freudian-based psychoanalytic approaches. Prior to completing medical school, Dr. Last was a practicing pharmacist for three years at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, which gives him an excellent background in the use of medications.

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