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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 Behavioral 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 meeting, and participation in management meetings as needed.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Glasser Quality Organization
  • Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs
  • The Jason Foundation