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

John T. Symons, MD

Regional Medical Director

Dr. Symons received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1979 and completed a three-year residency in Family Practice at Altoona Hospital (now UPMC Altoona). After two years in private practice, Dr. Symons returned to the Altoona Family Practice residency program as part of the faculty, eventually becoming Program Director. After leaving the residency program, Dr. Symons served as Medical Director of SCI Rockview from 1998 to 2012. He started work at Cove Forge Behavioral Health part time in 2000 and became the full time Medical Director in 2012. Dr. Symons is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

As Medical Director of Cove Forge Behavior Health, Dr. Symons spends the majority of his time in direct patient care with emphasis on the detox units and on medically challenging patients in the rehab community. The remainder of his time is devoted to supervision of the mid-level practitioners, medical screening of admissions with serious medical needs, utilization management, records review for quality of care purposes, participation in multi-disciplinary team meetings and participation in management meetings as needed.

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