Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Delta Specialty 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Delta Specialty Hospital.

  • 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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Opioid Prescriptions Still Outnumber Total Population in Tennessee

Delta Specialty Hospital is the leading provider of inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare in Memphis, TN. We accomplish this by being a hospital with medical and psychiatric specialties all under a single campus.

The opioid epidemic sweeping the United States has taken a devastating toll on communities throughout the country. However, some areas like Memphis, Tennessee have seen some of the worst effects of the crisis.

As a whole, Tennessee ranks second in overall totals for prescriptions for painkillers, outpaced only by Alabama. In fact, there are currently more active prescriptions for opioids in the state of Tennessee than the total number of people who reside there.

This staggering statistic is the result of a multifaceted problem.

For too long, efforts to combat the dangerous trend of prescription opioid abuse have been focused on outreach to patients. But it has become increasingly clear that doctors and other stakeholders need to be targeted as well to help curb rates of painkiller abuse. Medical professionals need education or re-education on the topic, as well as tools to help them prescribe painkillers safely, and learn ways of identifying drug-seeking behaviors in their patients.

The Problem of Doctor Shopping

Like many other states, Tennessee has created a database to assist physicians in safe prescribing practices, allowing them to check to see what other prescriptions any given patient has at one time. It is hoped that this database will halt a practice known as “doctor shopping” in which patients seek prescriptions from multiple doctors at the same time with the intent of acquiring larger quantities of substances to abuse.

Additionally, public health organizations must ramp up their outreach efforts to communicate the dire state of the opioid crisis in Tennessee. Last year in places like Shelby County and across the United States, more people lost their lives to opioid overdose than from car accidents, a fact that demonstrates the severity of the issue.

In Search of Solutions

While the rates of opioid abuse in Tennessee are still incredibly high, it appears that efforts to curb the overprescribing of these drugs are working because new data suggests that the overall number of prescriptions is beginning to decrease.

This fact is providing hope that perhaps fewer Tennesseans will become mired in the dangerous cycle of addiction the future, and that there is greater awareness of the issue both for patients and physicians.

Additionally, there are more options for treatment for chemical dependence in Tennessee than ever before. And while there is still more work to done when it comes to increasing access to care, help is available for Tennesseans who have succumbed to an opioid addiction.

If you or someone you care about has become dependent on prescription painkillers or other substances of abuse, do not hesitate to seek support. Help is available, and can be found through a quality treatment center that offers programming specifically aimed at helping individuals overcome opioid addiction in Tennessee.

At Delta Specialty Hospital, client care and well being comes first and foremost always. The entire staff has incredible compassion for all who come in for help. They made my experience the best it could be.

– Former Patient
Trusted Excellence
  • Memphis Chamber of Commerce
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Professional Network on Aging
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation